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Friday, 27 July 1906

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - When, in the course of debate, we hear certain honorable senators address each other as "my honorable friend," we do not pay much, attention to the phrase, because we regard itonly as common courtesy. But when honorable senators of the school ofthought towhich Senator Walker and Senator Fraser belong, so address Senator Stewart, we cannot help feeling that there is a great deal of significance in the term.

Senator Walker - Senator Stewart has supported me before.

Senator DE LARGIE - To be addressed in such away ought to be a warning to Senator Stewart.

Senator Walker - I have called Senator de Largie "mv honorable friend " before now.

Senator DE LARGIE - I dare say, when I have agreed with the honorable senator. I am inclined, to think that Senator Stewart has been solong, at his farm, near Rockhampton, that he has come to regard himself as a land-owner, and he fancies that theremay be something in the Bill which will adversely affect him. The honorable senator's argument when boiled down means that if the Government take from a man half his land, they should not consider the enhancement in -valueof the remaining half, because the value of the land of other people, who cannot be reached1, has been increased in greater ratio. In other words, the local land-owners should get the whole of the benefit of the public work.

Senator Stewart - No.

Senator DE LARGIE - That is the sum and substance of the honorable senator's argument. When framing laws of this kind, all we can do is to act as fairly as possible; and if other people benefit to a greater extent than do the individuals with whom the Government are doing business, we cannot help it.

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