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Friday, 11 November 1910

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) (Honorary Minister) . - I move -

That the following new clause be inserted " (9a). Section10 of the Seat of Government

Acceptance Act 1909 is amended by omitting the proviso thereto and inserting in its stead the following proviso : - Provided that in determining the compensation to which the owner is entitled under that Act, the value of the land shall be taken not to exceed the unimproved value of the land or the interest therein of the owner on the eighth day of October, 1908, together with the value of his interest in the improvements on the land at the date of the acquisition of the land."

There is a big difference between this amendment and section 10 of the Seat of Government Acceptance Act, which provides that the value of any land resumed by the Government shall not exceed its value on the 8th day of October, 1908. The amendment affirms that when lands are resumed by the Commonwealth compensation shall be paid to the owners for all improvements which they have effected up to the date of such resumption. A similar provision has been inserted in the Northern Territory (Administration) Bill, and I feel sure that it will meet with the unanimous approval of honorable senators.

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