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Thursday, 17 March 1932

Mr LANE (Barton) . - I regret that the benches of the Labour party are practically empty, and that only two members of the Country party are present. It is rather discourteous of those honorable members who have spoken to leave the chamber. I should like, however, to direct the attention of the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Thorby) to the fact that the greatest objection to the scheme which he outlined for providing employment is the very high price of land.

Mr Nock - Plenty of cheap landis available.

Mr LANE - I do not agree with the honorable member. I heard only recently that one of the wealthiest men in New South Wales was unsuccessful in his endeavour to obtain suitable land on the north coast.

Mr Nock - The honorable member should go west.

Mr LANE - Any one seeking cheap land in that direction would find that the problem of making a living is even greater there than it is in other districts. Although railways have been extended into the western districts of New South Wales there are still tremendous areas adjacent to railway lines and much closer to the seaboard, that could be utilized for closer settlement and intensive culture. During the five and a half years I was a member of the State Parliament I found in travelling north, south and west of Sydney - particularly in the western division - that even had the Government of that State not spent a penny upon railway construction, beautiful land adjacent to townships could be made available if it could only be obtained at a reasonable price.

Mr. James having called attention to the state of the House, and subsequently ashing leave to withdraw the call,

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