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Federal Capital Site - Further Correspondence between the Prime Minister and the Premier of New South Wales (14th September to 6th October 1906)


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1 9 0 6 .

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

FEDERAL CAPITAL SITE.

(FURTHER CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE PRIME MINISTER AND THE PREMIER OF NEW SOUTH WALES, 14th SEPTEMBER TO 6 t h OCTOBER, 1906 )

P r e s e n te d b y C o m m a n d ; o r d e r e d b y th e S e n a te to be p r i n t e d 1 0 th O c to b er, 1 9 0 6 .

[ C o s t o f P a p e r : Preparation n o t given, 900 copies; approximate cost of printing and publishing, £1 5s.]

N E W S O U T H W A L E S .

P r e m ie r ’s Office,

S y d n e y , 1 4 t h S e p te m b e r, 1 9 0 6 .

S ir , W it h re f e re n c e to th e s e le c tio n o f a s ite f o r th e

F e d e r a l C a p it a l a n d to th e c o rr e s p o n d e n c e w h ic h

h a s p a s s e d b e tw e e n u s r e la tiv e th e r e to , I h a v e th e

h o n o u r to in q u ir e w h e th e r y o u p r o p o s e s u b m ittin g

th e q u e s tio n f o r th e c o n s id e ra tio n o f th e C o m m o n ­

w e a lth L e g is l a tu r e i n a c c o rd a n c e w ith th e u n d e r t a k ­

in g c o n ta in e d in y o u r d e s p a tc h o f 6 t h M a y l a s t to

H i s E x c e lle n c y th e G o v e rn o r-G e n e ra l, w h e re in y o u

s t a te d t h a t th e m a t t e r w o u ld b e b r o u g h t b e f o r e P a r ­

lia m e n t d u r i n g th e e n s u in g se s sio n , a n d th a t ev e ry

effo rt w o u ld b e m a d e to a rr iv e a t a fin a l d e te r m in a ­

tio n th e re o n .

I u n d e r s ta n d t h a t th e su b je c t h a s n o t y e t b e e n

p la c e d o n th e P a r l ia m e n ta r y b u s in e s s - p a p e r, n o tw ith ­

s ta n d in g t h a t th e se s s io n is d r a w in g t o a c lo s e , a n d

i f th e m a t te r b e n o t tr e a te d a s u r g e n t a s e ttle m e n t

m u s t in e v ita b ly b e p o s tp o n e d u n t i l a f t e r a n o th e r

P a r l ia m e n t s h a ll h a v e b e e n e le c te d .

I t is o b v io u s, h o w e v e r, th a t M e m b e rs o f th e p r e ­

s e n t P a r l ia m e n t, b e in g in th e f u l l p o ss e ssio n o f a ll

th e m a te r ia l f a c t s b e a r i n g o n th e q u e s tio n , a r e in a

p o s itio n to g iv e th e m a t te r th e f u l l e s t c o n s id e ra tio n ,

m o re p a r t ic u l a r ly a s m a n y S e n a to rs a n d M e m b e rs o f

th e H o u s e o f R e p re s e n ta tiv e s h a v e p e r s o n a lly v is ite d

th e v a rio u s s ite s s u g g e s te d .

T h e q u e s tio n b e in g o n e o f th e g r e a te s t in te r e s t to

th e p e o p le o f N e w S o u th W a le s , a n d t o t h e p e o p le

o f th e C o m m o n w e a lth g e n e ra lly , I th i n k y o u w ill

a g re e t h a t i t w o u ld b e h ig h ly d e s ir a b le to giv e

im m e d ia te effe c t to th e p ro v isio n s o f th e C o n s titu tio n

NO. 1 0 0 .—L 11423.

w ith r e g a r d to th e s e le c tio n o f a C a p it a l, a s i t m u s t

b e a d m i tt e d t h a t su c h a p r o t r a c t e d d e la y in a r r iv in g

a t a fin a l s e ttle m e n t w a s n e v e r a n tic ip a te d .

I c a n q u ite u n d e r s ta n d th e d e s ire o f y o u r G o v e rn ­

m e n t to d e a l w ith v a rio u s m a t t e r s o f p u b lic im p o r ­

ta n c e d u r i n g th e lim ite d tim e a t th e d is p o s a l o f th e

p r e s e n t P a r l ia m e n t, b u t I w o u ld n e v e rth e le s s u r g e

t h a t th e C a p it a l q u e s tio n b e s u b m itte d t o th e F e d e r a l

L e g is la tu r e , in o r d e r t h a t f in a lity m a y b e a rr iv e d a t

b e fo r e y e t a n o th e r e le c tio n in te rv e n e s .

I h a v e th e h o n o u r to b e , S ir ,

Y o u r o b e d ie n t s e r v a n t,

J . H . C A R R U T H E R S .

T h e H o n o r a b le th e P r i m e M in is te r o f th e C o m ­

m o n w e a lth o f A u s tr a lia , M e lb o u rn e .

P .M . 0 6 / 4 0 9 7 .

P r i m e M in is te r ,

M e lb o u rn e , 1 8 t h S e p te m b e r, 1 9 0 6 .

Sir , I h a v e th e h o n o u r to a c k n o w le d g e th e re c e ip t o f

y o u r l e t te r o f t h e 1 4 t h S e p te m b e r , o n th e s u b je c t o f

th e F e d e r a l C a p it a l S ite , a n d to in f o r m y o u , in

r e p ly , t h a t i t w a s th e in te n tio n o f th e G o v e rn m e n t to

a r r iv e a t a fin a l d e te r m in a tio n in th e m a tte r , w h ic h

w o u ld h a v e b e e n p la c e d b e f o r e P a r l ia m e n t so m e

tim e a g o i f i t h a d n o t b e e n t h a t in v ita tio n s w e re

re c e iv e d fr o m y o u r G o v e rn m e n t f o r m e m b e rs to in ­

s p e c t o th e r s ite s w h ic h h a d n o t p re v io u s ly b e e n

b r o u g h t u n d e r n o tic e . U n t i l th e s e in s p e c tio n s w e re

c o m p le te d i t w o u ld c le a rly h a v e b e e n p re m a tu r e to

m a k e a n y p r o p o s a ls to P a r l ia m e n t.

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2 . I t is b u t a f e w d a y s sin ce c e r ta in m e m b e rs

d e s ire d to m a k e a f u r t h e r v is it f o r th e p u rp o s e o f

in s p e c tin g s ite s w h ic h th e y h a d n o t p re v io u s ly se e n .

3 . I m a y p e r h a p s in th i s co n n e x io n r e m in d y o u

t h a t i t w a s o n ly la s t w e e k t h a t in f o r m a tio n a s to th e

w a te r s u p p ly f o r th e C a n b e r r a site , in r e s p e c t o f

w h ic h a g o o d d e a l o f in te r e s t h a s b e e n d is p la y e d ,

w a s re c e iv e d fr o m y o u r G o v e rn m e n t.

4 . I t a p p e a r s n o w t h a t , e v e n i f th e p r o p o s a ls o f

th e G o v e rn m e n t w e re s u b m itte d to P a r l i a m e n t a t

o n c e , th e r e w o u ld b e n o p ro s p e c t o f fin a lly d e a lin g

w ith th e m b e f o r e p r o r o g a tio n , a n d to in tro d u c e th e m

u n d e r su c h c irc u m s ta n c e s w o u ld s e rv e n o g o o d p u r ­

p o se.

5 . I t is r e g r e tt e d t h a t th e n e a r a p p r o a c h o f th e

e le c tio n s , a n d th e c ro w d e d s t a te o f th e b u s in e s s -

p a p e r , p re v e n t e x p e c ta tio n s a n d h o p e s fo r m e d b e f o r e

th e sessio n o p e n e d f r o m b e in g re a liz e d , b u t I fe e l

s u re y o u w ill a g r e e w ith m e th a t th e d e la y s w h ic h

h a v e o c c u rre d a re n o t d u e to a n y d e s ire o n th e p a r t

o f th is G o v e rn m e n t o r to a n y a c tio n o r in a c tio n b y

th e C o m m o n w e a lth .

I h a v e th e h o n o u r to b e , S ir,

Y o u r m o st o b e d ie n t s e r v a n t,

A L F R E D D E A K I N .

T h e H o n o r a b le th e P re m ie r o f N e w S o u th W a le s ,

S y d n e y .

[C o p y o f le t te r fr o m P re m ie r o f N e w S o u th W a le s

to th e P r im e M in is te r, d a te d 2 7 t h S e p te m b e r,

1 9 0 6 .]

Sir, I n a c k n o w le d g in g th e re c e ip t o f y o u r l e t te r o f th e

1 8 th in s ta n t, N o . P . M .0 6 / 4 0 9 7 , in tim a tin g t h a t i t is

n o t p ro p o s e d to fin a lly d e a l w ith th e q u e s tio n o f

th e F e d e r a l C a p it a l d u r in g th e c u r r e n t se s sio n , I

h a v e th e h o n o u r, o n b e h a l f o f th e p e o p le o f th is

S ta te , to r e s p e c tf u lly e n te r an e m p h a tic p r o t e s t

a g a in s t th e f u r t h e r d e la y w h ic h t h a t d e c is io n e n ta i ls .

T h e tr e a tm e n t o f t h e m a tte r o f th e F e d e r a l C a p i ­

ta l , a s I h a v e p re v io u s ly p o in te d o u t, h a s b e e n s u c h

a s to g iv e th e p e o p le o f N e w S o u th W a le s g ra v e

c a u s e f o r d is s a tis f a c tio n w ith th e m a n n e r in w h ic h

th e ta s k o f g iv in g e ffe c t to a n e x p re s s p ro v is io n o f

th e C o n s titu tio n h a s b e e n a p p ro a c h e d , a n d m u s t, I

re g r e t to sa y , te n d to u n fa irly ! s t r a in th e lo y a lty o f

th e M o th e r S ta t e to th e F e d e r a t io n .

I h a v e , & c ,

J . H . C A R R U T H E R S .

P r i m e M in is te r ’s O ffice, M e lb o u rn e , 6 t h O c to b e r, 1 9 0 6 .;

S ir, I h a v e th e h o n o u r to a c k n o w le d g e th e re c e ip t o f

y o u r l e t te r o f th e 2 7 t h S e p te m b e r o n th e s u b je c t o f

th e F e d e r a l C a p it a l, a n d n o te w ith s u r p r is e t h a t y o u

r e p e a t y o u r p r o t e s t a g a in s t th e d e la y in v o lv e d b y

th e d e c is io n c o m m u n ic a te d in m y l e t t e r o f th e 1 8 th .

2 . A s I h a v e a lr e a d y p o in te d o u t, th e p re s e n t p o s t­

p o n e m e n t f o r w h ic h y o u r e p r o a c h u s a ro s e in c o n s e ­

q u e n c e o f o u r c o m p lia n c e w ith y o u r w ish e s . B u t f o r

th is , th e q u e s tio n c e rta in ly w o u ld h a v e co m e u p f o r

c o n s id e ra tio n th is sessio n .

3 . I t m u s t b e re m e m b e re d t h a t th e F e d e r a l P a r ­

lia m e n t h a v in g a lr e a d y m a d e a ch o ic e o f a site , a n y

p ro p o s a l re la tiv e to i t w o u ld h a v e o c c a s io n e d a f u l l

d e b a te in b o th H o u se s. I t w o u ld h a v e b e e n id l e to

in tro d u c e s u c h p ro p o s a l e x c e p t a t a tim e w h en

se v e ra l d a y s c o u ld b e d e v o te d to it s d is c u s s io n .

4 . S in c e th e la s t o f th e e x a m in a tio n s o f p la c e s

w h ic h y o u w is h e d to h a v e in s p e c te d w a s c o m p le te d ,

a n d th e n e c e s s a ry in f o rm a tio n as to w a te r s u p p ly ,

& c., f u r n is h e d , m u c h to o l i t t l e o f th e sessio n r e ­

m a in e d to p e rm it o f th is b e in g d o n e . I n d e e d , e v e n

i f m o st, i f n o t a ll, o f th e im p o r ta n t m e a s u re s th e n

o n th e n o tic e -p a p e r h a d b e e n sa c rific e d , i t is b y n o

m e a n s c e rta in t h a t a fin a l d e c is io n c o u ld h a v e b e e n

a tta in e d .

5 . U n d e r th e s e c irc u m s ta n c e s I a m u n a b le to

a g re e t h a t a n y p o s s ib le c o u rs e o p e n to u s c o u ld h a v e

e n a b le d u s to fu lfil o u r o r ig in a l in te n tio n in thi«

resp e c t.

I h a v e , & c ,,

A L F R E D D E A K I N .

T h e H o n o r a b le th e P r e m ie r o f N e w S o u th W a le s ,

S y d n e y .

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