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Thursday, 24 June 1915

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN (Eden) (Monaro) . - It seems to me that we are giving too much consideration to Mr. Griffin and the departmental officers and not sufficient consideration to the Capital city. I infer from the wording of the motion that the Minister proposes to refer the plans to the Works Committee, so that they may call professionalmen to give evidence, which will clear his mind in regard to certain matters which have been brought under his notice. I have heard from the Minister, and it is common talk, that there is not sufficient water to keep the proposed ornamental lakes full.

Mr Archibald - That is my opinion.

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN -I am sure the Minister would not offer that opinion unless he had good grounds for it. Therefore, he is quite right in taking every precaution to reassure himself on that point before making any start with these works. On the other hand, I have heard talk of the creation of the largest lake in Australia.

Mr Archibald - We have nothing to do with that.

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - I hope the reference of this matter to the Works Committee does not mean delay, because I warn the Minister that if there is delay there will be trouble for him.

Mr Archibald - It does not mean, delay; it means speed.

Mr AUSTIN CHAPMAN - We want to see more speed in connexion with this matter. I have no feeling for or against Mr. Griffin or the officers of the Department, but we should be assured that nomistake has been made as regards the details of the- railway. For instance, it has been said that the railway as designed by-

Mr. Griffinwill go into the city through a big cutting and a tunnel.

Mr Archibald - That is correct.

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