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Tuesday, 21 August 1906

Mr HIGGINS (NORTHERN MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister of Trade and Customs, upon notice - *

i.   Has he information pointing to any unfair preferences or discriminations existing in railway freights since the Railway Commissioners came to an arrangement?

2.   If so, can he state the instances?

3.   Is it his intention to re-introduce his proposal to appoint an Inter-State Commission ?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I have seen statements in the press, but the matter has not been officially brought under my notice. I may point out that I have not the information I should have.

Mr Glynn - I could give the Minister the information.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - I have on two occasions introduced a Bill for the appointment of an Inter-State Commission, and have been prevented from proceeding with it. I am not going to expose myself to a third defeat. If I find that honorable members are prepared to pass a measure of the kind I shall introduce it.

Mr Glynn - The necessary information is available.

Mr Groom - It is being obtained now..

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