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Accessibility.

Because she is central, she is by the very nature of things, accessible from all quarters of the compass. It would seem indeed as if Nature had provided in Bathurst a site for the Federation. Trade and commerce, and agriculture and pastoral settlement, have so ramified from her, and through her and her neighbourhood, that her lines of communication and traffic with the inland


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centres on the one hand and with the metropolis on the other, are not arbitrary and artificial, but have been framed in accordance with that sound law of material growth and prosperity: “Follow natural conditions.” Sooner or later trade and passenger traffic force the adoption of “short cuts,” and it is singular to perceive how the necessities of the internal development of this State, and of the commercial relations existing between Queensland and Victoria, have either compelled or are compelling the adoption of such routes and methods of inter-communication as pass by or converge upon Bathurst and its neighbourhood. Already there is a demand for more rapid transit for passengers and mails between Bathurst and Sydney, and between Bathurst and Melbourne, and that demand will become insistent long before the Federal Capital can be established. Place the seat of Government in Bathurst or vicinity, and Sydney will be brought within four hours' distance, and the journey between Melbourne and the Federal Capital, via Harden, will be correspondingly expedited. Representatives for the Federal Legislature, and people who have to transact business with the various departments of the Government must flock to the Capital from all parts of the Commonwealth. Where—due regard being had to all comers, to travellers from the North, South, East, and West—is there a spot entitled to challenge comparison with Bathurst in this particular of ease of access? on which point the New South Wales Commissioner justly lays stress!

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