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Thursday, 3 October 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - The Government have no intention of opposing this motion, because I hope that the course of action which it outlines will form a part of their future policy.. But it must be recognised that we have just appointed a mining expert in the Northern Territory, in the person of Dr. Jensen. He is seeking to obtain all the information that he can, is now engaged in inspecting existing mineral fields, and generally is taking such steps as will enable him to report to the Government, and to make suggestions with respect to mining development there. Consequently, I do not intend to debate this proposal. The Government are quite prepared to allow it tobe put to a vote. They will not oppose it.

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