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Friday, 31 October 1913

Senator SENIOR (South Australia) . - I wish to call attention to the small amount provided for South Australia. On the west coast of that State, and also in the Pinnaroo district, large expansion is taking place, aud if honorable senators were seized with the extent of that they would recognise that the amount provided for constructing new lines is much too small. When I was in the South Australian Parliament I knew how difficult it was to get a new telephone or telegraph line, notwithstanding that there were hundreds of people settled where the line was required, and I fear now that the amount provided in these Estimates will be too small by at least two-thirds.

Senator Findley - If you raise the question of State rights, we will have honorable senators of every State speaking on this matter.

Senator SENIOR - There can be no comparison between the advancing conditions of South Australia and those of Victoria - I merely set one State against the other by way of comparison, as to the extent of the advance of settlement - but there is £32,000 set down for new telegraph lines in Victoria as compared with £10,000 for the same purpose in South Australia. Instead of the total of £85,000 for South Australia in this subdivision, it should be £150,000.

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