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Tuesday, 8 November 1904

Mr MCDONALD (Kennedy) - I desire to ascertain, if possible, what the Government of New South Wales intend to do with regard to the area of territory mentioned in the Seat of Government Act. We have had no definite statement as to when we are likely to get a decision from the New South Wales Parliament. When the Prime Minister and his colleagues sat on this side of the Chamber they never lost an opportunity to impress upon the Government of the day the need for passing the Seat of Government Bill, so that New South Wales might be placed in possession of her Constitutional rights-

Mr Reid - We cannot drive the New South Wales Parliament.

Mr MCDONALD - I am not finding fault with the right honorable gentleman, though I blame the New South Wales Government.

Mr Reid - They have only just come into office, and have had a number of troublesome matters to deal with.

Mr McDONALD - The matter is an urgent one, and should be dealt with at the earliest possible moment. There will never be a Federal spirit while this Parliament sits in Melbourne, nor should we create a Federal spirit if we went to Sydney. What is necessary for its creation is the establishment of a Federal Capital. That, too, will dca great deal to remove the jealousies of the two chief cities of the Commonwealth. The Minister has assured us that the Government have done all that they can to bring matters to a head, so that the onus 'of delay must rest with. the New

South Wales Government, and I hope that they will take action as expeditiously as possible.

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