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Thursday, 7 December 1911

Senator PEARCE - I have readthe paragraph in question, but as. a previous paragraph published in the Melbourne press in reference to this matter wasfound to be so entirely misleading, the Government do not propose to base their conclusions upon the statement which is published to-day. They prefer to wait until the intentions of the South Australian Go-. vernment are definitely stated in reply to a 'letter which' the Prime' Minister recently forwarded tothePremierof that State.; It is unfortunate that a letter from the

Premierof South Australia to the Prime Minister should have gone astray, because in a telegram which the latter received from the former, Mr. Verran assured the Prime Minister that he had already replied to his last communication. That reply is not to hand. The Prime Minister has now asked the Premier of South Australia to repeat his reply. The other question put to me by Senator Millen is a legal question which I can scarcely be expected to answer.

Senator Millen - Surely the Minister knows the policy of the Government?

Senator PEARCE - The policy of the Government is that the land shall be granted to the Commonwealth free of charge.

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