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Friday, 14 October 1904

Mr WATKINS (Newcastle) - I should like to know whether any provision has been made upon the lines of the suggestion put forward by me during the previous debate, rhat experts should accompany the survey party, with a view to reporting upon the mineral resources of the country along the route of the proposed railway.

Mr DUGALD THOMSON (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That matter will receive the fullest consideration.

Mr. LONSDALE(New England).During the previous discussion upon this matter I suggested that the Bill should contain some provision for the reservation of the land along the route of the proposed railway against- alienation by the States Governments. I stated that if that was not provided for I should certainly oppose the Bill. Whilst the survey is being made, no opportunity should be afforded to any. one to monopolize the land along the proposed route, and this is the proper time to make provision against it. What would be the use of making the railway if the land were gone?

Mr Fowler - Is the land going to dissolve into thin air?

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