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Wednesday, 1 August 1906

Senator WALKER (New South Wales) . - Do I understand from the Minister that the Commonwealth will have mining rights in respect of any lands which it may purchase from a State or private person?

Senator Keating - Yes.

Senator WALKER - That is quite a new departure so far as New South Wales is concerned.

Senator Keating - We have acquired a good many of the lands by the operation of the Constitution, and without being subject to any reservation.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 64 -

If any land acquired or deemed to have been acquired under this Act, or under any Act repealed by this Act, is not required for any public purpose, the Governor-General may authorize the disposal of it as he thinks fit, and the land may be disposed of accordingly. . . .

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