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Thursday, 13 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) . - Perhaps I had better make a short statement to the Committee. I am pleased to say that I have come to a compromisewith my friends on the other side in regard to the amendment submitted by Senator Givens in the Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta Railway Survey Bill. I am willing to accept that amendment on the understanding that the Bill is taken through its Committee stage this evening, and that the third reading be fixed for Wednesday next. I shall endeavour to communicatewith honorable senators as to the timewhen the third reading will be taken ; and it will then be open to honorable senators to consider the measure fully, and move a recommittal if they sowish. My desire now is to postpone the Papua Bill until the Committee stage of the Bill under discussion has been disposed of.

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