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Tuesday, 9 August 1904

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member cannot submitthat amendment. The question before us now is the omission of certain words.

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am presuming that the amendment to omit certain words will be withdrawn by general consent. I should like the Government to adopt my amendment, which seems to be a simple expression of the desire of the Committee.

Sir John Forrest - Why a radius of seventeen miles?

Mr G B EDWARDS (SOUTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Because that is the area marked out on the map, which I have studied very carefully while the debate has proceeded. It seems to me, in view of the reports of skilled officers, that this area probably contains any site we could have had in mind when discussing the merits of Dalgety. To extend the area to twenty-five miles would be to give a great deal further trouble in th? ultimate decision. >I think the Prime Minister admits himself that we should be wrong in making the area too large - that we should thereby complicate the final settlement. If, however, we have a radius of seventeen miles, as marked on the map, we shall keep faith with the decision of the House, and by adopting the Dalgety district with that limitation, we shall be much nearer to having the exact site fixed beyond all question. If we adopted a larger area, we should probably have other sites submitted, and the whole competition, though narrowed down to ' a smaller compass, would practically have to be once more faced.

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