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Thursday, 9 November 1911

Senator SAYERS (Queensland) . - Although Brisbane is a fairly large city, only £2,000 is proposed for metallic circuits in existing single wire networks. It seems wonderful that while £2,000 will meet the requirements there, £126,500 is required for Melbourne, and £16,900 for Sydney. I think that Brisbane is pretty well on the same footing as Sydney, but only £2,000 is to be voted.

Senator Walker - And £3,000 for Adelaide.

Senator SAYERS - That is hardly fair. I know that in Adelaide the wires are all overhead, and that much tunnelling has not been done, as in Sydney. Adelaide is pretty much in the same state as is Melbourne. Yet, for the latter city, £126,500 has been voted, and only a vote of £2,000 is proposed for Brisbane. There must be some explanation for this marked disparity between the amounts, and I hope that the Minister can give me some information.

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