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Friday, 1 December 1911

Senator VARDON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - Iask Senator Walker to withdraw his amendment temporarily, in order that I may move a prior one.

Senator Walker - I have no objection.

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Senator VARDON - I move-

That the following words be added : - " Such grant not being less along the line of route than forty chains on each side thereof, except within 15 miles of the terminal points."

I hope that the Government will accept this amendment, the object of which is to insure that the States of Western Australia and South Australia shall grant a sufficient area to the Commonwealth"". I have stated my reasons previously. If some such amendment is not made, the States will probably drive as hard a bargain with the Government as they can. They may close the Minister up so closely that he will be content to accept the 3 chains mentioned in regard to the Western Australian proposal.

Senator Guthrie - The Federal Government may drive as hard a bargain.

Senator VARDON - Then the whole proposition may be hung up. I do not want that.

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