The Courier-Mail



PLAN TO END ISLAND ‘RULE’ Canberra – The Australian Government aims to acquire the Cocos-Keeling Islands in a bid to end the 148-year-old “reign” of the Clunies-Ross family. This became clear yesterday when the Federal Parliament­ary Labor Caucus endorsed a Cabinet recommenda­tion by the Special Minister of State (Senator D. McClelland). He is understood to have told Caucus that the Government had put a value of $3.5 million on the land.

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