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Thursday, 14 September 1972
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Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - 1 direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport. Can the Minister give any reason why there has been such a long delay by the Bureau of Transport Economics in making its report on the advantages to be gained from using concrete sleepers or wood sleepers by the Commonwealth Railways on the track between Port Augusta and Port Pirie? Will the Minister make inquiries as to when the report will be made available to the Senate?

Senator COTTON - I do not think the delay is an extremely long one. These reports do take time. I have had some experience in much earlier days of the relative merits of concrete sleepers and wood sleepers. This was when I was working in the early years of the last War. Senator McLaren has addressed a similar question to me. Only a couple of days ago, I signed a letter to him which gave some information on the subject. I will see that Senator Donald Cameron receives a copy of it and that his question is directed to the responsible Minister.

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