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Friday, 15 June 1906


Mr WATSON (Bland) . - I should like to know whether the Prime Minister will consider the advisability of affording honorable members facilities to make an inspection of the new sites for the Federal Capital that have been suggested by the New South Wales Government? It seems to me that, in the event of any reconsideration of the question, the possible area of selection will be narrowed down in a. considerable degree. The New South Wales Government have had surveys made with a view to determining certain water supply possibilities, and have obtained general information with regard to the area available in the Yass-Lake George district. In view of the trouble which they, have taken to afford information to members of this Parliament, and assist them to arrive at a decision, it would be as well to offer honorable members every opportunity for inspection. I would remind the House that some honorable members have not had an opportunity to inspect any of the sites.


Mr Bamford - We have already passed an Act dealing with the matter.


Mr WATSON - The honorable member is perfectly aware of my attitude in that connexion,' and I have not altered the opinion I then held.


Mr Page - But have we not already settled where the Capital is to be?


Mr WATSON - There is a considerable body of feeling in favour of making some effort to select a site that will more generally suit all parties, and I think that this is a very proper attitude to assume in a matter of such great importance. In any case, it would be reasonable to afford such honorable members as can get away an opportunity to inspect the area to which any possible alteration seems to be confined.







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