The N.S.W. Land Scandal.
United Press Association—fiy Electric Telegraph—Copyright Sydney, June 14 Before the Lands Commission Mr Crick was examined at length. He defended his action as Minister m allowing occupants of holdings thrown open on improvement loases the preferential ri<»ht to retain portion for preservation of their stock. He admitted he stretshed the Act, but he was determined not to let the old settlers' homes be broken up. He alleged, that every time the land was put up to enable tbe old lessee (o get it, he was blackmailed right and left. In reference to the witness Speight, Mr Crick said he came to him with a scheme to speculate m land thai; was absolutely illegal, and the coolest bit of effrontery he had ever hoard of. He decided that Speight shnuld never havo an acre of land. He had brought on himself anathemas from tho Farmers' and Settlers' Association because he would not take land from the squatter?, and give it to them indiscriminately.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905
The N.S.W. Land Scandal. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6596, 15 June 1905
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