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Thursday, 7 December 1905


Senator GUTHRIE (New South Wales) - I quite agree that the Government should do everything possible to make a success of the Pacific Cable as a business enterprise. But I have risen to point out that the Government must not forget that we also have a State-owned telegraph line running through the centre of Australia to Port Darwin. If the whole of the traffic is diverted' to Southport, Queensland-, the central Australian line must result in an absolute financial loss. At all events, during the book keeping period South Australia ought to be recompensed if the traffic is to be diverted in that way, as the loss must be considerable. While I have every sympathy with the desire to secure all the business we possibly can for the Pacific Cable... South Australia ought not to be made to suffer. She came to the assistance of Australia in the early days by her enterprise which at that time she could ill afford.


Senator Keating - It was a very big work for a small State to take up.


Senator GUTHRIE - It was a tremendous work; and I ask the Government when they take steps to assist the Pacific Cable not to forget the burden that will be placed upon South Australia by the line through the interior becoming a source of loss.







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