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Thursday, 20 May 1915

Senator KEATING (Tasmania) . - This is really the enacting clause of the Bill. Clauses 4 and 5 are consequent upon it, and make provision for the laws which are to apply within the territory when it has been taken over by the Commonwealth. Clause 3 refers us to the schedule to the Bill, which is the agreement entered into between th'ie Commonwealth Government and the Government of New South Wales for the surrender of' this territory to the Commonwealth. The agreement sets forth the metes and bounds of the territory, but it would have been desirable if honorable senators had been given some information as to the lay of the land with which the Bill deals.

Senator Gardiner - A map of the territory was exhibited on the wall of the chamber.

Senator KEATING - I was not aware of the fact. I was sitting at the table otherwise engaged when the second reading of the Bill was moved. I understand that the territory referred to in this Bill is between the Federal Capital Territory and the sea. It would be well if honorable senators were given some idea as to the relation which it bears to the Canberra area and the territory which the Commonwealth has already acquired at Jervis Bay.

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