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Wednesday, 23 November 1927


Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that when diamonds are discovered in South Africa on public or stateowned lands, the South African Government reserves one-half of the value and apportions the other half to the discoverer?

2.   Is it a fact that when such discovery is made upon privately-owned lands, the South African Government reserves one-half of the value and apportions one quarter to the owner and discoverer respectively ?

3.   Is it a fact that the South African Government claims a large percentage of the gold produced in South Africa?

4.   If so, will the Commonwealth Government consider obtaining the statutory power to apply a similar principle in regard to the discovery of mineral oil in Australia?







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