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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Mr MAHON (Coolgardie) - In this Department, I notice the following item : " Compensation for injuries on duty, £220." I know nothing of the circumstances of this case, but would ask the Committee to consider the proposal of the Government respecting a volunteer officer, Mr. Fallon, who was shot a few months ago at a rifle range in Sydney. He left a widow in needy circumstances, and the Government propose to grant a gratuity of about £180.

Sir John Forrest - That amount was voted under the Appropriation Act of last year.

Mr MAHON - Quite so; but I think that it can properly be discussed at this stage. I think that the gratuity is a ridiculously small one to grant to the widow and family of a man who lost his life while fitting himself to defend his country. As the Minister representing the Minister of Defence in this House is not present, I hope that the Treasurer will convey to him what I am sure is the unanimous opinion of the Committee, that substantial compensation shall be paid to the bereaved wife.

Sir John Forrest - I will make a note of the matter.

Mr MAHON - I trust that reasonable compensation will be agreed to.

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