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Wednesday, 13 December 1905

Question - That the words proposed to be inserted, be so inserted - put. The Committee divided.

DIVISION:NOES 28 (6 majority) AYES 22 PAIRS 0
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Majority ... ... 6

 

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Question so resolved in the negative.

Amendment negatived.

Mr. MAHON(Coolgardie).- By this clause it is proposed to continue the bounty system until the 1st January, 1912. To my mind, we should not tie the hands of Parliament for so long a period. It seems tome that as the Braddon section of the Constitution will expire in 1910, and as the whole of the financial arrangements of the Commonwealth will then come under review, we should not extend the bounty beyond that period. In his report, Dr. Maxwell says -

In view of the facts set forth, it is made apparent that sufficient data and results are not yet in possession enabling it tobe said, with an approach to exactness, for what further period it appears necessary to extend the payment of bonuses." It, therefore, can only be advised that a further extension shall be adopted, providing for the continuing and " maturing of the purpose of the Federal legislation," the period of the extension to be determined by certain cardinal considerations.

That being the case, I think that it is desirable to limit the operation of the bounty to a shorter period than is proposed, so that all the circumstances surrounding the position may be considered in 1 910. Under my amendment the planters of Queensland will have the advantage of the bounty for a period of at least five years.







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