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Friday, 2 July 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (Illawarra) . - I wish to impress upon the Acting Treasurer (Sir Joseph Cook) the necessity for making some adequate provision in the forthcoming Estimates for the construction of the Federal Capital. At Canberra theCommonwealth possesses one of the richest properties in Australia, and it is calling aloud for development. The development already carried out there has been immensely profitable, and by the expenditure of the money necessary to honour the bond entered into with the State of New South Wales at the time of Federation, the Commonwealth would be able to develop there a rich revenueproducing asset; The honouring of that contract is long overdue, and I hope that the Estimates for the current year will disclose that the Government are determined to keep faith with New South Wales. There is abundant evidence on every hand that this is not a National Parliament in the fullest sense, and that it cannot be so while it continues to sit in the capital city of one of the States.

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