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Wednesday, 26 October 1949

Mr BERNARD CORSER (Wide Bay) . - It is essential, in the interests of defence, that we have a standard railway gauge .between 'the capital cities df Australia. 3?>hat is my only interest in .this matter. I have always vigorously -opposed the idea that we should tear up all our railway lines and re-lay .them in order to make the gauges uniform with that in New South Wales. I particularly oppose the idea now when we have so many other public works to do, especially those that will provide an assurance against .drought. We have a standard railway gauge from Brisbane to -Sydney. I do not see any purpose in pulling up the broad gauge line from Albury to Melbourne. A .standard gauge line from Bombala to Melbourne would lin-k Melbourne with Brisbane without need to change trains. Such a line would link with the South Australian system. The line from Port Pirie to Kalgoorlie is a standard gauge line. Little work would need to be done to convert the line from Kalgoorlie to Perth to the standard gauge. What I have suggested would provide a 'standard gauge line (between the capital cities of Australia.

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