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Thursday, 13 September 1906

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - I join with Senator Trenwith in bearing testimony to the excellent manner in which you, sir, presided over the Committees of the Federal Convention. 1 then acquired a very considerable regard for your judgment in these matters, and it has not since been lessened in any way. I thoroughly approve of your ruling in this case, and' I take the liberty of pointing out that Senator Trenwith makes a slight error as to the relevancy of the "proposed amendment. I voted for the second reading of the Bill in the hope that we should derive valuable information from the survey, and that if the report of the surveyors were favorable business might possibly result.

Senator Trenwith - If the honorable senator could get the information he desired from the survey with the positive knowledge that Ave should hot be allowed to construct the line, would he be prepared to support the Bill?

Senator WALKER - The honorable senator will permit me to say that I have hopes that if the Governments concerned do not see their way to construct the line it may be found possible to induce a private company to construct such a line on the land grant principle. We should have communication between1 all parts of the Commonwealth, and it becomes the Federal Parliament to promote the true Federal spirit. This Bill does not necessarily refer to a railway to be constructed by the Commonwealth Government, and if the survey be made the line need not necessarily be constructed by them. I approve of the President's ruling, and I trust the Senate will support it.

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