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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr THOMSON asked the Minister for Home Affairs, upon notice -

1.   Whether, in reference to the exchange of land at the corner of Peel and Victoria streets, Melbourne, owned by the Commonwealth, for land at the junction of Elizabeth and Victoria streets, owned by the City Council, the agreement is subject to the approval of Parliament ?

2.   If not, whence does he derive the power to make such exchanges with corporations or individuals without the assent of Parliament ?

3.   Does he intend to continue exchanges of this nature without submission to Parliament?

4.   What means were taken to ascertain the relative value of the two blocks of land?

5.   Will he lay a cop3' of the papers referring to the matter on the table of the House ?

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