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Tuesday, 9 August 1904

Mr WILKINSON (Moreton) - I understood that the site was to be selected by means of an exhaustive ballot, but that course has not been followed. I have not had an opportunity to vote for any other than one site . I voted for Lyndhurst on both occasions, but if I were offered a second choice I should .give my support to a site in the Southern District ,as against either of those in the South-Eastern District. We are determining this question for all time, and I think that honorable members should be afforded an opportunity to vote straightout for one site against another. I admit that the Southern District was rejected upon the ballot taken in the House, but that was due to the fact that several honorable members gave . the western site their first preference.

Mr Page - Which site does the honorable member now prefer?

Mr WILKINSON - I should give my support to the Tooma site.

Mr Page - The honorable member's choice has already been knocked out.

Mr WILKINSON - Yes, but L think that an opportunity should be afforded to myself and others to vote in favour of any site which we prefer, as against those which are embraced in the South-Eastern District.

The CHAIRMAN - The honorable member would have an opportunity of doing as he desires if the amendment now before the Committee were withdrawn.

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