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Friday, 27 September 1912

Debate resumed from 26th September (vide page 3503), on motion by Senator McGregor -

That this Bill be now read a second time. Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) [10.41]. - I do not anticipate that I need detain honorable senators very long, for the simple reason that the Bill does not indicate anything more than a groping in the dark on the part of the Government, a hesitancy on their part to say what ought to be done in regard to the Northern Territory. I shall only remind honorable senators of the purpose for which we took it over, and that was to carry on developmental work which it was recognised was beyond the financial strength of a single State. This Territory has been transferred to the control of the Commonwealth for some eighteen months, perhaps a little longer, and it is safe to say that beyond passing in a perfect army of highly-paid officials the Government have practically not made a commencement with anything in the direction of developmental work.

Senator Guthrie - What do you call an army1 of public servants ?

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