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Tuesday, 8 November 1938

Mr MCEWEN (INDI, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Interior) - The honorable mem bur's question contains a mis-statement. There has been no recommendation by the Administrator to me that additional hotel licences should be granted in the Northern Territory. Therefore, I have not, as the honorable member stated, disregarded such a recommendation. As I said earlier, in reply to a similar question by the honorable member, I abolished tinLand Board of the Northern Territory in accordance with a recommendation of the Payne-Fletcher Committee, and vested the authority, which previously reposed in it, in the Administrator.

Mr BLAIN - Is it the intention of the Government to send an officer from Canberra, to take charge of land affair^ in Darwin, or is it its intention to reinvest with authority the people who know all about the Northern Territorythe members of the abolished Land Board?

Mr McEWEN - The Government has already taken steps to transfer the Title? Office from Canberra to Darwin, and certain officers from the Canberra administration have proceeded to Darwin with the title records to establish there a land titles office. I propose to make a statement during the budget debate on certain matters affecting the future land policy and land administration of the Northern Territory.

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