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Wednesday, 12 October 1921

Senator VARDON (South Australia) . - I also do not wish to give a silent vote on this motion: I say at once that there is no idea in my mind of repudiating the contract entered into with New South Wales. We are all agreed that that contract mustbe honoured. At the same time I cannot vote for Senator Thomas' motion in its present form. It is only twenty-one years since the Federationbecame an accomplished fact, and twenty-one years in the life of a nation is but a very small span of time. If I might make a suggestion, which, I think, was also made ; by Senator E. D. Millen a little while ago, I think that a time should be fixed within which we shall remove to Canberra. We cannot shut our eyes to the fact that money is . particularly scarce at the present time, and if, within the next two or three years large sumsare to he expended at Canberra, the money will be diverted from enterprises which at present are more urgent. I think that we should say that we are going to Canberra within a specifiedperiod. If we do that, we shall get there.

Senator THOMAS (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Hear, hear! Fix a date.

Senator VARDON - I suggest toSenator Thomas that he anight alter his motion to make it read that we shallre- move to Canberra -within ten years from the present date.

Debate (on motion by Senator Russell) adjourned.

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