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The Land Question New South Wales.

A New South Wales journal says:— The land question, which has always been as important m New South Wales as m i *ny other place, is. destined to, become of still greater importance when the pres- ■ sure of population fc wore keenly felt. Even at fch.©, present time, notwithstanding ; \r\ntf aote ostensibly passed as much m the interests of the poorer class of agriculi tuxists. and pastorajists; as of the richer, I the. era of large eseatea has commenced. I \.t the close of the year 1888 there were 11,193 holdings of 400 acres and upwards m extent, as compared with 6938 m 13$*8, or an increase of 61 per cent \n 10 years. But as a holding of 400, cannot be said to be of extreme extent, it is necesi sary to go, a seep or two further to judge o£ihe, increase m big runs .within a i^eent i period. At the end of 1888 there were ' 580 holdings of more than 10,000 acres each, comprising together 20,95"2,187acre5. These : figures, show-that the average area of those j extensive runs is no less than 36,159;aer€s6^ 'V This enormous extent of- country x * says ; Mr Coghlan m his "'Wealth. $,nd Progress :of New South W«ses* Vl forms about 53 per cent of.fc}i£. oocupied lands, exclusive of wh/sfc. i-s held under lease by tenants of tka Grown, and represents about half the entire alienated lands of the colony,. This enormous area is m the h»R<ds. of only 580 occupiers." And p'&foaMy the percentage of act,u#J tw wominal occupiers is very s/xias indeed. Accordingly, a i i^anagei'. is appointed for a large property ! at no very princely income and the pay <$ the station hands is calculated the. minimum rate of the market^ I'he. bulk of the wealth of the co^owy. then, yeav after year, is rpaWi«6ed to the half dozen plutocrat?* who term their firm a land ami mortgage company, ai\d who only reel interested m Australia when, from, any ca\^ « reduction m ths. usual dividend takes place. The time may come—when Austrafo shall make her own laws and have her own courts—when these immense esfcafcos that forbid settlement of small' holders m the Ticinity will >c broken up, hi\l\ the j reyßiiues which are remitted sft regularly iq, th»ae who, have, no iptQr^|i m 4 W . j

ralian soil, except a pecuniary one, will go towards the support of a people resident upon and thoroughly identified with the country. Legislation to this end is being contemplated m the United. States, -md when a precedent is formed m one country it is very quickly followed m anothor where similar conditions prevail.

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The Land Question New South Wales., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890

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The Land Question New South Wales. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2500, 25 August 1890

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