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Tuesday, 9 August 1904

Mr SPENCE (Darling) - I object to the reduction of the radius to seventeen miles.

The CHAIRMAN - The only question before the Committee at present is t lie omission of certain words embodied in the amendment which the Minister of Home Affairs desires to withdraw.

Mr SPENCE - I cannot see any reason for the fear entertained by some honorable members that the creation of a blank would allow of an unfair advantage being taken, and of the whole question being "bung up." The disposition of the Committee is to definitely select a site, and, that being so, it will make no difference whether we create a blank or insert certain words in the first instance. I do not see any objection "to the form of the amendment now before us. I hope that the Minister will not propose to reduce the radius to seventeen miles, because our object in -asking for an area of 900 square miles is "to prevent persons outside the Federal territory from deriving the advantage of the unearned increment accruing from the expenditure upon the Capital.

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