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Thursday, 7 July 1904

Mr CHAPMAN (EDEN-MONARO, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I should' like the Prime Minister to give an answer to the question asked by the honorable and learned member for Wannon, as to whether .the honorable gentleman and Sir William, Lyne are organizing another trip for purposes of inspection. I should like also to ask whether the attention of the Minister of Home Affairs has been called to a telegram which appeared in the Age of the 4th inst., to this effect.: -

A Riverina paper has received a letter from Sir William Lyne, stating that there is no doubt that a majority in the Federal Parliament is against the sites near the town of Tumut. Sir William Lyne now states that he is endeavouring to get the area selected for Bombala so extended that it will take in Tumut. Members who visited the Murray with Sir William Lyne have impressed others with the suitability of that locality, and it is likely that there, will be a sufficient number to support the new idea.

The rest of: the telegram does not refer to this, matter.

Mr Watson - The honorable member should read the .whole of .it.

Mr SYDNEY SMITH (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The rest of the paragraph is very interesting..

Mr WATSON - With reference to the extract read by the honorable and learned member, for Wannon, in so far as it refers to myself, I may say that I am riot arranging any trips. I understand that my colleague has indicated that he will facilitate, as was done by the previous Government, any inspection that honorable members may desire to- make within the territories held to be in the running when the matter was last before this House.

Sir William Lyne - The same as was done at Dalgety.

Mr WATSON - Exactly.

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