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Thursday, 7 June 1928

Mr HUGHES (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Three weeks ago I asked the Minister for Works and Railways, a question as to the state of the roads between Canberra and Goulburn, and the honorable gentleman promised to investigate the matter, and consult with the New South Wales authorities. Has that been done, and if so, with what result? For the information of the honorable gentleman, I may say that no result is apparent to the naked eye.

Mr HILL - Following on my promise, I made arrangements to meet the chairman of the Main Roads Board last Wednesday, but unfortunately I was unable to keep the appointment. I made a further arrangement to meet the chairman in Canberra yesterday, but owing to illness in his family, he was unable to attend. I received a wire from him this morning, intimating that he hoped to be in Canberra next week, when the matter will be considered. My department has the matter in hand, and is seriously considering what can be done. I hope to be able to take some action within the next week or so, as it is realized that something should be done. I assure the right honorable gentleman that the Commonwealth Government is not lacking in a sense of responsibility in regard to this matter.

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