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how is the large expenditure of 7/6 an acre for improvements to be laid out to advantage on a purely pastoral country?  It is another evil of that principle, it would be better for the State to charge more for the land say a minimum of 10/ for the lowest class, and fix a less sum for improvements but it will be as well to say no more on the homestead pre-emption with any the view of modifying it, as from the public feeling evinced against it, there is little or no prospect of its becoming law, and it would as pointed out act very unequally to even the Squatters, for a run of rich land and plenty water would be all eagerly selected under homesteads, but a poor badly watered run would not be worth buying to any extent.

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