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Tuesday, 19 December 1911

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia.Minister of Defence) . - The proportion of the original cost was paid by Great Britain, Canada,, and the States of New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. Great Britain and Canada paid fiveeighteenths each of the cost; New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland paid* each one-ninth and New Zealand paid' one-ninth. The responsibility, of thethree Australian States has since beentaken over by the Australian Commonwealth and so far as I know- the responsibility for loss on the cable will rev. main in. the proportions that have hithertobeen observed. Speaking from memory,, the cost will be £1-50,000.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted. Bill read a third time.

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