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Wednesday, 1 November 1905

Senator CROFT - I hope that we shall all act in that way in the future, because I think that to-day many honorable senators have made themselves look rather foolish, in view of the statements which they made when the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta Railway Survey Bill was under consideration.

Senator Givens - Bring it forward again awd we shall have the fight renewed.

Senator CROFT - In that case we should have Senator Givens asking : " Why do not South Australia and Western Australia, who will derive the greatest benefit, survey the route?"

Senator Givens - I would again ask that the power to build the line should be obtained before expending any money on a survey of the route.

Senator CROFT - I think it will be found on record that Senator Givens and others have declared that it is the duty of South Australia and Western Australia, who alone would be benefited, to survey the route, if not to construct the railway.

Senator Millen - Queensland has protested against the continuance of this contract.

Senator CROFT - I am not complaining about the action of Queensland, but it is rather peculiar that Senator Givens has only called upon honorable senators to display a Federal spirit when they have been asked to consider the question of the sugar bounty, an additional subsidy to the Orient Steam Navigation Company and the Vancouver mail subsidy. I opposed the additional subsidy to the Orient Steam Navigation Company, because I believed, and still believe, that the extension of that service to Brisbane was really a trade matter. I hope that the Senate' will frequently be asked to consider some proposals which will specially benefit Queensland and New South Wales, in order that their representatives may receive a little education in the Federal spirit and national sentiment.

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