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Wednesday, 6 June 1928

Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - The replies to the honorable member's questions are as follow: - 1 and 2. The original intention of the Administration was to construct two roads to the gold-fields - one suitable for wheeled traffic and the other a mule track. The former, known as the Gadagadu Road, was surveyed, but its construction was not proceeded with immediately, as the Administrator considered that the road parties should concentrate for the present on the mule track, known as the Buang Road. The Buang Road was constructed for a distance of 16 miles, but as a natural surface road only. In March last the Administrator reported that he had paid a personal visit to the gold-fields and had reorganized the whole plans with the object of locating a rough tractor or caterpillar road to the Bulolo River, where machinery is first needed, and thence to Edie Creek. The Administration is confining its efforts to this latter road, and work on the Gadagadu and Buang Roads has been temporarily suspended. I have asked the Administrator to continue to give this matter his close personal attention in order that this much needed work may proceed to its completion with the utmost expedition and efficiency.

3.   The construction of a read to the goldfields was actually commenced last year, and the Administrator then advised that he anticipated the work would be completed within twelve months.

The following papers were presented : -

Munitions Supply Board - Annual Report from 1st July, 1926, to 30th June, 1927, together with the Annual Report of the Commonwealth Government Clothing Factory.

Ordered to be printed.

Federal Capital Commission - Report for the quarter ended 31st March, 1928.

Arbitration (Public Service) Act - Determinations by the Arbitrator, &c. -

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