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Wednesday, 10 September 1902

Debate resumed (from 19th July, 1901 vide page 2823), on motion by Mr. O'Malley -

That in the opinion of this House it is desirable in the interest of human progress that the Government secure as Federal territory an area of not less than 1,000 square miles of land in a good, healthy, and fertile situation, the freehold of which shall for ever remain the property of the Commonwealth ; the ground only to be let on building or other leases to utilizers ; all buildings to be erected under strict Government regulations, with due regard to public health and architectural beauty.

Upon which Sir Edmund Barton had moved, by way of amendment : -

That the words "not less than 1,000 square miles of land in a good, healthy, and fertile situation, the freehold of which shall for ever remain," be omitted, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the words "land well watered, healthily situated, and large enough to fully meet all probable requirements, and secure to the Commonwealth the benefits to accrue from the position of the capital, such area, when secured, to remain for ever"; also, that the words "on building or other leases " be omitted, and that the word "Government," line 9, be omitted.

Amendments agreed to.

Question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.







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