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Thursday, 20 May 1965

Senator WRIGHT (Tasmania) (12:41 PM) . - I am obliged to the Minister for that infomation. Having before me the information that the Australian Capital Territory is to be regarded as an outlying province for this purpose, I protest.

Senator Anderson - Tt is to the advantage of the residents.

Senator WRIGHT - What?

Senator Anderson - We must bear in mind that if they got a differential in Queanbeyan and it was not applied here in the Territory-

Senator WRIGHT - They must take the Constitution as they find it. Here they are to be fatted to the extent of £25 million a year, in spite of the fact that this scheme is designed to benefit the outback. Canberra cannot have it both ways. I shall be looking out for the ordinance when it is available. I wish to register an emphatic protest against a differential for the Australian Capital Territory which is based upon the idea that Sydney is the relevant capital. Canberra is the relevant capital in this instance. If my patience persists, I shall be waiting for the ordinance.

While I am on my feet there is one other matter in which I am interested. I refer to clause 12. I want to know what damages or costs it is envisaged that the Commonwealth will be obliged to pay to the States in connection with any action or proceeding arising out of an act or thing done or omitted to be done by the State in pursuance of the scheme in relation to the State for the purposes of the Act. Will this be something of a constitutional nature or in the nature of a collision, or will it be a question of commercial difficulty?

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