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Friday, 1 December 1911

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - Senator Lynch has again brought forward the argument that this railway is required for defence purposes. It may be that the line will be of some value from a defence point of view. We have been assured that Lord Kitchener at a banquet in Perth said that he hoped that Sir John Forrest's aspiration to have a railway running from Western Australia to the eastern States would soon eventuate.

Senator de Largie - Who is Sir John Forrest ?

Senator SAYERS - Sir John Forrest is the man who has been fighting very hard indeed for this railway. I give him all credit for what he has done, although I cannot quite agree with his view.

Senator de Largie - What has he done for the railway ?

Senator SAYERS - He has done more than any man in the Commonwealth Parliament to get this railway built.

Senator Needham - He has done nothing. He has been an absolute failure in regard to this railway.

Senator McColl - Very unfair.

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