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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member is discussing matters which are not relevant to the clause.

Mr FORDE - It is vitally important that defence annexes, should be on land owned by the Commonwealth. Surely the Minister for Supply and Development (Mr. Casey) and his department could enter into some arrangement with the present owners by which the land on which annexe buildings are to be erected would be transferred to the Commonwealth. The' Government should not place .buildings and machinery to the value of thousands of pounds on privately owned land. It is possible that the Government, at the end of five years, may feel so grateful to some powerful company like the Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited that it will want to hand over to it valuable buildings and machinery without adequate compensation. I know that the Minister wants to get this bill through, and I say to him that he would get it through with much greater celerity if he were to accept the amendment of the honorable member for Batman.

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