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Thursday, 3 November 1921

As far as I know, the report is the free expression of the minds of the members of the Committee. They were not biased in any way. A number of them were exNew South Welshmen, and some of them still live in that State.

Senator Keating - The mandate to the Committee asked it to inform Parliament how soon Canberra could be occupied as the Federal Capital?

SenatorRUSSELL-Yes. They presented a careful and valuable report, showing the various proposed stages of development of the Capital. To accomplish the transfer, even in three years, there must be steady progress with the works. Certain precautions in' the interests of health have to be taken. People cannot be dumped there as into a camp. The place has to be sewered, and proper provision made for cleanliness and health.

Senator Keating - A general system of sewerage is provided. It would be informative if. the Minister would read what Mr. De Burgh says about the work already done.

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