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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Motion (by SenatorPearce) pro posed -

That this Bill be now read a third time.

Senator Lt.-Colonel Sir ALBERTGOULD (New South Wales) [12.50].- There are one or two matters which I think call for an expression of opinion before we part with this measure. I am very sorry to notice that it belongs to that class of measures which we have been called upon to deal with of late, and which, apparently, are aimed at the interests of the best settlers in the country - that is, the men who go out into the wilderness for the purpose, may I say, of subjugating it and bringing it into condition, by means of which they have an opportunity of not only benefiting themselves, hut " making good " for the people of this country. This measure is aimed at a particular class of the community, and that is the men who obtain from the Crown leases of land.

Senator Senior - Would it not also be just to consider that hitherto Crown lessees have escaped while others have been taxed ?

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