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Wednesday, 5 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - Tenders were invited for the construction of the work in question, but the price of copper went up so much that the Government did not feel justified in accepting any tender at the time.

Senator Lt Col Gould - The price of copper is likely to continue high.

Senator PLAYFORD - We cannot help that.

Senator Millen - As long as the price of copper remains satisfactory to the owners of copper mines, does the Government intend to make no progress with the work?

Senator PLAYFORD - We have to obtain from 'Parliament a larger sum of money. Last year we only obtained £19,000. Owing to the high price of copper that amount was insufficient. The Government did not feel justified, after having asked Parliament for £19,000, in going on with the work when we knew that it would cost more than £20,000.

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