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Friday, 26 September 1913


Senator McCOLL - The answer to the question is -

I am informed by the Engineer-in-Chief for Railways that there are, approximately, seventy men less now employed in connexion with the Kalgoorlie end of the Railway than were engaged six weeks ago.

A clearing gang and an earthwork gang have ceased work, owing to the absence of water at (he head of works. In addition, certain plate layers have temporarily finished, and unloaders have been reduced owing to slow deliveries of sleepers and cessation of rail arrivals.

I am causing inquiries to be made in regard to the reason for the slow delivery of materials. Every effort is being made to complete the railway speedily and economically.


Senator NEEDHAM - Arising out of the answer, will the Minister inform me why such a period was allowed to elapse between the time I sent the letter to the Assistant Minister of Home Affairs and the time of the reply which has just been given, and which would not have been given had I not given notice of the question?


Senator McCOLL - I regret that I cannot inform the honorable senator, but if he will drop me a line on the subject I shall endeavour to obtain an answer.







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