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Wednesday, 21 August 1912

Senator FINDLEY (VICTORIA) (Ministerwithout portfolio) - My attention has not been drawn to the matter mentioned by Senator Keating. In regard, to the late arrival of the steamer carrying passengers and mails, I am aware that there is at King Island a wireless station, erected by a private citizen ; that it is not in working order ; and that there is no. business being carried on by the person interested, or on behalf of the Commonwealth. The honorable senator is, no doubt, aware that it is the intention of the Government to circle the continent with wifeless stations. The matter is receiving every consideration. There are difficulties in our path ; but I can assu're the honorable senator that no time is being lost in regard to linking up King Island and other parts of Australia by means of wireless telegraphy. Regarding the other point which he mentioned, I am not going to commit myself, but I shall bring it under the notice of the PostmasterGeneral.

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