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Tuesday, 13 December 1927

Senator KINGSMILL (Western Australia) . - I shall support the clause as it stands, on two grounds - in the first place, because I think we should encourage as much as possible the provision of these lungs, especially in a place like Sydney, which is lacking in them; and secondly, for the sake of encouraging athletics. I asked an authority whether he considered golf to he a form of athletics, and from his remarks I am not quite sure that it may not he regarded as a game of chance of the most pronounced type. But be that as it may, I know of instances in which a. great deal of money and personal effort has been devoted to the improvement of areas without the least chance of securing any pecuniary reward, and, indeed, at a great deal of expense to the persons concerned in effecting these improvements. Where we find public-spirited men or clubs doing that sort of thing I do not think that they should be asked to share in that cloud of taxation which is gradually settling down over this unfortunate country. For the purpose of preserving these broad spaces which are now to be exempt from land taxation, it is my intention to support the clause as it stands.

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