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Friday, 24 November 1905

Senator STEWART (Queensland) - I hardly agree with Senator Clemons that the sum of .£200 should be multiplied by twenty-five, because, in that case, we should be asked to spend £^5,000. Before starting to advertise our resources we ought to have a clear conception of what those resources, are.

Senator Clemons - I suppose the resources exist?

Senator STEWART - I really do not know; but probably Senator Clemons may tell us when he again speaks.

Senator Clemons - I do not intend to speak again on the question, because to do so would be to waste time.

Senator STEWART - The honorable senator would do good service' if he told us, for instance, what are the resources of Tasmania. The average person whom such information] is designed to help is the immigrant who wants free land. How much Crown land of good quality is there in Tasmania?

Senator Clemons - There is any amount of good land in proportion to the total area.

Senator STEWART - I was in Tasmania some time ago, and, so far as I could gainer, the Crown land of any value was extremely limited. I saw people selecting land there on mountain-tops, swept by all the winds that blow, and country which I did not think would be taken up by any man. If we have any resources we should certainly .advertise them, but before anything of this kind is done we should see that our resources .are made available. I take Tasmania, first in dealing with the States.

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