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Tuesday, 13 December 1927

Senator COX (New South Wales) . - I remember the land which is now the property of the Rose Bay golf club when it was a Chinaman's garden. The club purchased it when no one else would touch it, because it was such a filthy piece of land. It has been made one of the most picturesque spots in Australia by the expenditure of thousands of pounds.

Senator Herbert Hays - Did the Chinaman have to pay taxation on it?

Senator COX - The Chinaman deserted it, and those who owned it accepted the highest price that was offering for it.

Senator Herbert Hays - I have been told that the Chinaman was driven off it.

Senator COX - No one but a Scotchman could drive a Chinaman off his land. Chinamen, we are told, are not able to make a living in Aberdeen. This club has made its course a perfect Garden of Eden. The land which it did not require it sold as building sites, and a good class of houses is now erected on it. It is the finest example of enterprise that I have witnessed for many years. We should defend those who do well by their country. These men have advanced the interests of Rose Bay. This golf link and others I could mention are a credit to Australia. The people who established the Concord golf links bought the whole of the estate, which a few years ago was covered with scrub, sold the land that was high enough for the erection of houses, kept the low-lying parts for golf links, and so beautified them that they are now a credit to Australia. We hear men speaking about the need for open spaces in Sydney. These golf links provide open spaces in the suburbs of Sydney, and I hope that those who are providing them will be encouraged in what they have done.

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