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Monday, 15 October 1973
Page: 2108

Mr ENDERBY (Minister for Secondary Industry, Minister for Supply and Minister for the Northern Territory) - We have heard the usual excellent performance by the honourable member for New England (Mr Sinclair) - an excellent performance which really boils down to typical Country Party hypocrisy and humbug. Wherever one finds defenders of privilege and defenders of profiteering one finds in the forefront representatives of the Country Party. Let me give one example of these little men they seek to defend. I quote from the evidence given to the part-heard Commission of Inquiry into Land Tenure's being conducted by Mr Justice Else-Mitchell who is Chairman, Professor R. L. Matthews of the Australian National University and Mr G. J. Dusseldorp, who is fairly well known as a developer. A gentleman named Mr McNamee was asked some questions, because he was one of these little men. Professor Matthews asked him: 'What did you pay for your land?' The witness replied: 'That is no consequence.' He did not want to answer the question. He was asked by another man assisting the Commission, Mr Willcox: 'Would you oblige Professor Matthews please?' McNamee answered: 'About $32 an acre.' Mr Willcox then said: 'And you want to sell at $5,000 an acre'. That was the asking price. There is the little man. He pays $32 an acre for it and demands as the price of it being put to good use - a price that the community and the taxpayers of Australia must pay - $5,000 an acre. If that is multiplied by 4,800 acres one gets an astronomical figure.

Mr Calder - When did he buy that land?


Order! The honourable member for the Northern Territory has been continually interjecting.

Mr Calder - The Minister is misrepresenting the case.

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