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Thursday, 7 August 1930

Senator RAE (New South Wales) (4:24 AM) . - Senator Herbert Hays has expounded upon the alleged benefits of the contract system. I remind the honorable senator that in New South Wales and some of the other States where contracts have from time to time been let for the carrying out of big works the system has led to greatly increased costs. In some cases the contractors have become insolvent and the Government has had to finish the work, in others the unscrupulous conduct of the contractors has involved the Government concerned in very expensive litigation. The whole record of contract work has been the most miserable that one could conceive. The system is associated with corruption and "crook" work, and has brought about unfortunate scandals that could best be buried beneath the deep embankments of which we have heard. I deny that railways can be constructed more cheaply by contract than by day labour.

Clause agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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