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Wednesday, 19 September 1906


Senator DOBSON (Tasmania) .- This is not a Bill that ought to be rushed through by suspending the Standing Orders, adopting the report, and agreeing to the third reading at one time. I wish to ask my honorable friend, Senator Playford, as a Minister sitting with his legal colleague at his elbow, whether he thinks it right to pass a Bill of this kind without such a clause in it as it certainly ought to contain? No one can tell whether any landowner who is injured bv the survey party will be able to obtain compensation. Either the provisions of the Property Acquisition Act ought to be incorporated with this Bill, or both the States of Western Australia and South Australia ought to insure that any person who' is injured shall be in a position to obtain redress. The omission Qf such a provision shows the folly of what we are doing. Will it be said that if the Commonwealth survey party injures any one, South Australia will pay the piper ?







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