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Tuesday, 29 May 1928

Mr BRUCE - The construction of the Red Hill to Port Augusta railway is an obligation which the Commonwealth Government has assumed. While the Premier of South Australia has acted with the utmost propriety and has not attempted to dictate to this Government the course that it should take in regard to this work, he has applied all the unofficial pressure he could to cause the work to he put in hand. I have previously indicated that the Government is most desirous of proceeding with the work, not only for the reason mentioned by the honor able member, that it would provide work for a certain number of unemployed, but also for the reason that it would be an important link in the Commonwealth railway system. Financially this is probably the best enterprise that we could spend money upon at present. But the construction of the line is entirely conditioned by the amount of loan money available. At present money is not available for the work and I am unable to say when it will be available.

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