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Wednesday, 13 June 1928

Mr KILLEN (Riverina) .- I support the request made by the honorable member for Herbert (Dr. Nott) that the residents of the Federal Capital Territory should be granted representation in Parliament, and also on the local governing body, and reiterate the principle he emphasized, that there should be no taxation without representation. I realize that there are difficulties in the way of giving expression to that principle in Canberra, but they should be overcome. I do not suggest that at this stage the people should be empowered to elect a representative with voting power, for the constituency would only number about 4,000, whereas the average number of electors in an ordinary federal division is 40,000; but that they are entitled to at least' the degree of representation enjoyed by the people of the Northern Territory surely cannot be denied. We should bear in mind that there are two great differences between the Federal Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, both of which are favorable to the former. One is that there are not half as many people in the Northern Territory as in the Federal Capital Territory, and the other is that the greater part of the Northern Territory is unsuitable for settlement by white people. It is a black man's country. I say that advisedly, after an extensive inspection of different parts of it. I trust that the request of the people for representation will be granted.

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