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Wednesday, 12 April 1961

Mr DRUMMOND (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I desire to ask thePrime Minister: Is it a fact that during a previous parliament a petition was presented on behalf of the New England New State Movement praying that the Parliament would take action to enable the people of New England to secure self-government?' Has the right honorable gentleman's attention been directed to a recent statement in the press that within the last two months the people of northern New South Wales have decided to raise a fighting fund of £100,000 to finance their campaign for selfgovernment, and that within a few weeks they have raised half of that sum? As the people of northern New South Wales are predominantly of English, Irish and Scottish descent, and the English have an implacable, cold determination, the Scots a dour determination and the Irish great fighting qualities, will the right honorable gentleman have regard to the fact that all these characteristics are being brought to bear on the effort to enable another State to enter the Australian Commonwealth in the same way as, recently, two new States were admitted' to the American federation, bringing the number of American States from 48 to 50?

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