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Friday, 11 November 1910

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I think that the amendment is a distinct improvement upon the clause which was open to the serious objection that whilst it would have permitted the Commonwealth to resume land at its value upon the passing of the Seat of Govern ment Acceptance Act, it would also have empowered it to take over improvements which might subsequently have been made at their value some years previously.

Senator Givens - That would have been a strained reading of it.

Senator MILLEN - I took a similar view in regard to the Northern Territory Acceptance Bill, and the fact that my view was correct was evidenced by the subsequent insertion in that measure of a similar clause to that which is now under consideration. It is to prevent the creation of a difficulty that the proposed new clause has been submitted. Obviously, if a difficulty existed in respect of the Northern Territory, it must equally exist in respect of the Federal Territory.

Proposed new clause agreed to.

Clause 10 agreed to.

Clause 11 verbally amended, and agreed to.

Schedule and title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments ; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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