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Thursday, 19 October 1911


Senator GARDINER (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should like to see a line drawn through the centre of Jervis Bay, New South Wales taking the northern portion, and the Commonwealth the southern portion. If we are only to have the land down to high- water mark, and it is intended to establish industries for ship-building or docking purposes, it will be very dangerous indeed to continue the development of the Federal Territory under such an agreement. If we have not already settled the question of going below high-water mark, the sooner it is settled the tetter. I believe that a broadminded settlement would be to draw a line through the centre of Jervis Bay to a point 150 miles inland, and thence to the ocean, taking off the south-east corner of New South Wales and a piece of Victoria. I. am looking a century or two ahead. If we are to continue as a Federation I think it is well to legislate not for a community of a few millions, but for a community which will comprise hundreds of millions.

Amendment agreed to.







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