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Wednesday, 28 March 1928

Senator FOLL (QUEENSLAND) - I should like to know if the Minister representing the Prime Minister has seen in the press a statement by Captain Lancaster who recently flew from Britain to Australia to the effect that between Newcastle Waters and Camooweal he had travelled over hundreds of miles of desert ? Will the Government bring under the notice of Captain Lancaster that the country he describes as a desert contains some of the finest pastoral areas in Australia, capable of carrying millions of cattle and sheep, and inform him that he is evidently under a misapprehension in giving a description which if allowed to go uncontradicted may do a considerable amount of damage?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - I presume that Captain Lancaster's opinion was based on observations from a height of probably a thousand feet, or more. I have travelled through that country and it struck me as being some of the finest pastoral land we have in Australia, covered as it is with splendid Mitchell and Flinders grasses.

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