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Wednesday, 27 July 1904

Mr ROBINSON (Wannon) - I agree with the position taken up by the Government in this matter. It seems- to me that it is necessary to adopt some such process as they have outlined, in order to secure a fair vote upon the rival sites. For my ow.n part, I favour one particular site above' all others, but, assuming .that it is rejected, I desire to know which site in the other two districts is the choice of the House. To my mind, our great aim should be to secure a Federal Territory with ;as little "new" expenditure as possible. -Consequently, the question of railway -communication will ma- Serially affect my .second of -third preference. I wish to know beforehand, what particular portion of an area as likely ito be chosen. IP Or instance, take .the southern district. I desire to be informed beforehand whether the site is to be -near Tumut, or Batlow., or Tooma. .Similarly., in the south-eastern district, I wish to know whether it is ,to be at Dalgety ©r .Bombala before I -can determine how any second vote shall be cast. The Government proposal seems ,-to aim .at giving honorable members who occupy .a similar -position ito myself, .an oPPortunity at 'ascertaining what they are ' to ido m the event of the site of \theisr first preference toeing rejected. To .my -mind 5:t is very important that we should 'exercise /the .strictest economy .in this matte. I shall 'support the proposal -of the Minist

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