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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr MAXWELL (Fawkner) .- I understand that the executrix of Mrs. Rowan is anxious that the Commonwealth ' should make this purchase, and I submit that it is too late now to discuss the question whether the purchase should be made, because the House has already committed itself to the purchase by a resolution which was passed that the purchase be made subject to terms being arrived at satisfactory to both parties. I understand that it was pursuant to that resolution that the Committee was appointed whose report we have just heard from the Treasurer. It seems to me that we are bound by our resolution, and it is now merely a simple question' of terms. ' As the Committee referred to has suggested that the sum of £5,000 should be paid for the collection, I submit that that would be a fair price to offer, and I shall have much pleasure in supporting that proposal.

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