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Thursday, 31 May 1928

Mr BRUCE - On the 11th and 17th May, the honorable member for Kalgoorlie (Mr. A. Green) referred to the matter of the publication of weather reports from Western Australia, and I promised to have inquiries made.

A report furnished by the Commonwealth Meteorologist indicates that the Western Australian weather synopsis, with rainfall reports for the principal stations, is despatched, per telegram, by the Divisional Meteorologist, Perth, to Canberra and to the weather bureaux in the eastern States, at 10 o'clock every morning, and rainfall for other stations later.

All reports received by the weather bureaux are furnished to the press. From 1st to 19th May inclusive, however, there were but a few reports to publish, owing to the scanty rainfall in Western Australia during that period. From 1st to 8th May rain occurred only at a few places on and near the extreme south-west coast. On 9th and 10th May light scattered rain was recorded on south-west and south coastal districts (but heavy at Denmark and Albany). From 11th to 14th light rain occurred only at one or two places on south coast. From 15th to 19th May inclusive, there was no rain whatever recorded in the State. The Commonwealth Meteorologist adds that the Divisional Meteorologist, Perth, has been instructed to despatch the Western Australian rainfall reports to Canberra as early each morning as possible.

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