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Wednesday, 5 September 1906

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - On this occasion I must differ from my honorable friend and colleague Senator Pulsford. If we cannot trust Ministers with the expenditure of ,£10,000 they should not be allowed to continue in office for a single day. I think that this money might be well expended in testing the value of wireless telegraphy for communication with war-ships and other ships on our coast, and to discover whether it can be worked as satisfactorily here as in the Northern Hemisphere. I have heard that there have been some communications between the Government of New Zealand and the Commonwealth Government, raising the question whether some system of wireless telegraphy should not be established between the Commonwealth and New Zealand. I hope that the Government will not forget the necessity of connecting King Island with Tasmania by wireless telegraphy. I am prepared to support the vote.

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