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Friday, 29 June 1906


Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) (Minister of Home Affairs) . -I understand that the honorable member for Kalgoorlie does not desire in any way to restrict the power of the Government to enter into an agreement withthe New South Wales authorities, or to unduly extend the duration of the arrangement specified in the Bill. He merely wishes it to be understood that the measure is intended to provide only for the temporary residence of the Governor- General pending the establishment of the Federal Capital. That is an attitude with which the Committee will agree. The Bill is merely a tentative measure for the purpose of providing the Governor-General with a residence until such time as the Federal Capital has been erected. I think it will meet his view if, in the preamble of the Bill, before the words " Be it enacted " we insert the words " for the purpose of providing residences for the Governor-General, pending the establishment of a Federal Capital."







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