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Friday, 8 December 1911

The PRESIDENT - The difficulty is that honorable senators will carry on conversations among themselves, and the honorable senator who now complains is generally as bad as any one. I think that he has reason for his complaint on this occasion, as honorable senators sitting alongside of him are carrying on a conversation now.

Senator Sayers - Thank you for the slur. I am much obliged to you. You are very kind.

Senator PEARCE -

The Electrical Engineer reports that every effort has been made to expedite the work, but difficulty is being experienced in obtaining anything like suitable labour, and the ground is extremely hard for sinking post holes. It is anticipated the line will be completed by the 23rd inst.

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