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Tuesday, 22 March 1927

Senator COX - I am not a land agent. The Governments, who have had the administration of Canberra, have dealt with it in a statesmanlike manner, and it is a pity that we have honorable senators criticizing the men who are running the show. Of the three commissioners, the late Mr. C. Gorman was one of the ablest men in Australia dealing in land, and was above suspicion. The voluntary work done by Sir John Harrison, who is also above suspicion, in building homes for soldiers at Mattraville, near Sydney, is a monument to him. Mattraville is one of the prettiest settlements imaginable, and it is wrong to run down the man who designed it. Mr. Butters, the chairman of the commission, is a splendid man, and one of Australia's cleverest engineers. He and his fellow commissioners have done their work well and honestly and ought not to be harassed by the kind of talk indulged in by some honorable senators.

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