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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Nairn (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I cannot allow the honorable member to. proceed on those lines. His remarks do not touch the amendment.

Mr DRAKEFORD - Will you be good enough, sir, to indicate in what way my remarks are not relevant to the amendment, which provides for the acquisition of real estate on just terms for purposes of defence. I am endeavouring to cite cases in which land was acquired by the Commonwealth on unjust terms. The words used in the amendment itself are acquisition on just terms.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.I do not think that that has anything to do with the amendment.

Mr DRAKEFORD - I am reluctant to disagree with your ruling, sir. Surely it is in order to argue in favour of the insertion in this clause of a provision which will ensure that the Government will take into consideration what is just and what is unjust ! That, I contend, is very much to the point. What has been done in the past ought to have a bearing on what is to be avoided in the future. I ask you to allow me to give particulars of the acquisition of land on unjust terms.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.The matter is one not of just terms, but of whether the power of compulsory acquisition should be included in the bill.

Mr Brennan - On just terms.

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