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Friday, 13 June 1902

Sir WILLIAM LYNE (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Home Affairs) - It is rather difficult for me to say when the commission will be appointed. I have a great pressure of work in my department at present, and I desire to select gentlemen who will be thoroughly acceptable.

Mr JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Surely there are plenty of men offering ?

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - Yes ; and that increases the difficulty of making a selection. I also wish to secure the representation of every State, because I think that in a matter affecting the whole of the Commonwealth all the States should have a voice. There will be no undue delay in making the appointment, because I desire that plenty of time shall be allowed for the necessary examinations of the proposed sites, and that the commission shall be able to report to the House next session, or, at any rate, during the currency of this Parliament.

Mr Watson - An expert examination of the proposed sites will take some time.

Sir WILLIAM LYNE - Yes ; but it should not occupy an undue time. I am as anxious as any one can be to have this matter investigated as soon as possible.

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