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Thursday, 14 June 1906
Page: 206

Mr GROOM - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follow: -

1.   The questions have been the subject of correspondence for a long time, and the Hobart Conference, February, 1905, upon the motion of the Minister of Home Affairs (Mr. Thomson), agreed to the following resolution : -

It is desirable that the State Governments should themselves abandon all preferential or deferential rates, which would be abolished by an Inter-State Commis sion, and so save the expense of the appointment and maintenance of such a Commission.

From replies received to inquiries made of the State Governments, it is understood that such rates have been abolished, but the Queensland Government has again been asked as to certain railway rates upon wool between Longreach and Rockhampton, which it is alleged operate unfairly as far as South Australian railways are concerned. The matter was mentioned at the recent Conference of Premiers of States held at Sydney, and apparently none of the State Governments had then any grievance to put forward in connexion with the question. If any definite instances of rates inconsistent with the Constitution are brought under my notice, I will cause inquiry and representations to be made.

2.   Only with Queensland in regard to the railway rates between Longreach and Rockhampton.

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