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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr ATKINSON (Wilmot) .I was not present on Thursday last when the honorable member for Herbert (Mr.

Bamford) submitted his motion regarding an increase of our parliamentary allowance. But the way in which I shall vote upon this Bill was settled at the time of the last election. The Tasmanian Parliament had just previously increased the salary of its members, and, as a result, throughout my campaign a great many persons were constantly accusing the Commonwealth Government of an intention to raise the allowance which is granted to members of this Parliament. I denied their accusation, because I had never heard a hint of any such proposal. I was then asked whether I would support an increase in that allowance, and my reply was that I would vote against it. That is the position which I occupy to-night. My only object in rising is to place on record my reason for the attitude I am taking.

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