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Wednesday, 10 July 1946

Mr JOHNSON - The lease of Alexandria Downs became possible because, the people of the Northern Territory lacked any representation in this Parliament.

Mr McEWEN (INDI, VICTORIA) - That is absolute, nonsense.

Mr JOHNSON - The honorable member for Indi was at one time Minister for. the Interior and, as such, administered the: Northern Territory. He knows that a lease became possible as the result of a ballot.

Mr McEwen - There was no ballot.

Mr JOHNSON - The honorable gentleman knows quite well that all leases' had to be balloted for.

Mr McEwen - There was no ballot on this occasion.

Mr JOHNSON - Because no lessee had an opportunity to make application for a ballot. Since the present Govern-, ment came into power, it has taken steps to provide against the repetition of such a procedure.

Mr McEwen - The honorable gentleman ought not to try to defend a predecessor. The action was inexcusable.

Mr JOHNSON - I have stated the' facts. The ordinance made that provision. The honorable member for the Northern Territory (Mr. Blain) has asked whether the Government will amend the ordinance. lt has been amended, and in the future administration of the Northern Territory, . there will not be a. repetition of what occurred in connexion with Alexandria Downs.

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