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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr JOHNSON - I desire to make a personal explanation. When I referred yesterday to the lack of representation in this Parliament for the Northern Territory, I did not have in mind the year 1942.

Mr BLAIN (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - The lease was granted in 1942'.

Mr JOHNSON - I had in mind the lack of continued representation and administration in connexion with the affairs of the Northern Territory.

Mr Blain - Nonsense!

Mr SPEAKER - The honorable member for the Northern Territory has had his say.

Mr JOHNSON - When the honorable member for Indi interjected, I pointed out that he had himself at one time been Minister for the Interior, and that he and his Government had neglected to amend the ordinance so as to prevent an occurrence of the kind complained of by the member for the Northern Territory. The ordinance provided that when a lease expired by effluxion of time, the new lease was to be disposed of by ballot.. In the particular instance referred to there was only one applicant for the lease, the Alexandra Downs Company, to which it was eventually granted. I further explained that action had been taken by this Government to prevent such a thing happening again.

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