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Wednesday, 31 August 1960

Mr NELSON (NORTHERN TERRITORY, NORTHERN TERRITORY) - Has the Prime Minister's attention been directed to a statement by the Premier of South Australia to the effect that it is about time that the Commonwealth honoured its undertaking under the terms of the Northern Territory Acceptance Act and completed the construction of the northsouth railway? In view of the Territory's lack of rail transport links with the rest of Australia, and the serious effect on development that such a position presents, will the

Prime Minister state the Commonwealth's legal obligations under the agreement with South Australia in this respect, and whether any move towards fulfilling its obligations under the act is contemplated?

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