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Wednesday, 18 July 1906

Mr JOHNSON (Lang) .- I do not desire to detain the House for more than a few minutes; but I wish to move a further amendment. I hold the view that it is desirable in connexion with the construction of any railways in Australia - and especially in connexion with any that may be constructed by the Commonwealth - that the lands upon the route proposed to be surveyed should be conserved in the public interest. It is in furtherance of that view that I propose to move a further amendment. I believe that honorable members generally are in accord with the principle which I have stated. The terms of the amendment are similar to those which were adopted by this House in connexion with, that portion of the line which would pass through Western Australian territory. The Western Australian Government readily fell in with the suggestion. But we obtained no promise from the South Australian Government that it would take similar action,.My amendment is, therefore, designed to bring South Australia into line with Western Australia in this connexion. The amendment will read as follows: -

That all the words after the word " until " in the amendment be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following words : - " The Parliament of South Australia has agreed that all the available Crown lands for a distance of 25 miles on each side of the line should be placed under the control of the Commonwealth, so that the proceeds from the disposal of such lands shall go towards making up any deficiency that may occur in connexion with the expenditure upon the proposed line."

Question - That the word's proposed to be left out stand part of the question - put.

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