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Wednesday, 2 October 1912

Senator CHATAWAY (QUEENSLAND) - I ask leave to make a personal explanation. Last week, when speaking on the Pine Creek to Katherine River Survey Bill, I made reference to a certain statement which I attributed to Professor Wallace. I believe that Professor Wallace is dead, but I wish to say that I made a mistake in attributing the statement to him. It is from the journal of the Central Australian Exploring Expedition of 1889, and was by a Mr. W. H. Tietkens, who had command of the expedition. The journal was published by the South Australian Government Printer, in 1891. The quotation, to which I referred, was -

Date palms in fruit at permanent watering places would prove an inestimable blessing to the famished and weary traveller in tropical Australia.

Senator McGregor - That referred to Hergott Springs.

Senator CHATAWAY - It is customary to permit a personal explanation to be made without interruption, but as the honorable senator appears to require information on the subject, I may inform him that the statement I have quoted appears in the journal in notes dated from Alice Springs, which is in the middle of Australia.

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