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Thursday, 25 July 1912

Senator PEARCE (Western AustraliaMinister of Defence) . - I move -

That this Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill deals with the acquisition of park lands in the town of Port Augusta in South Australia. The Lands Acquisition Act does not give us power to resume park lands. Section 19 of the Kalgoorlie-Port Augusta Railway Act, which deals with the resumption of any land required to be resumed, does not give the Minister power to resume park lands. The park lands, which it is proposed to resume, amount to about 25 acres. They shut off the railway from the town of Port Augusta. The local people do not object; in fact, they are willing to consent to the acquisition of these lands, because to them it means bringing the railway right into the town. The Government of the State offer no objection. There is no opposition on the part of any person; in fact, the people of the State are quite willing that the lands should be taken.

Senator St Ledger - Are you asking power to take the whole of the park lands ?

Senator PEARCE - No; it is a general power, but it is not proposed to take more land than is necessary for the purpose of the railway, that is, 25.8 acres. This is merely a formal Bill, which passed the other House without dissent, and I trust that it will have a speedy passage here.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from the Committee without amendment ; report adopted.

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