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Tuesday, 30 May 1939

Mr PATERSON (Gippsland) .- The Government has to tax Australia quite heavily enough for defence without adding to the cost the purchase of land where it is quite unnecessary, and where the use of such land can be had for nothing. If this Government, or any succeeding government, considered it necessary to further protect its own property by purchasing the land upon which the annexes stand, there is every facility and authority in existence at the present time. The honorable member for East Sydney (Mr. Ward) took the opportunity to oppose once more the whole policy of defence annexes. I advise him, and other, honorable members on that side of the House, to read the very admirable speech made by their colleague, the honorable member for Bourke (Mr. Blackburn), last week on. this subject, in which he showed the necessity for the provision of annexes associated with private enterprise. If the honorable member for Batman (Mr. Brennan) were Attorney-General, I cannot help feeling tha.t he, as a legal man, would be absolutely opposed to such wholly unnecessary duplication of existing legislation as this amendment implies.

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