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Tuesday, 19 December 1905


Mr CHANTER (Riverina) - I do not care to allow this Bill to pass without assigning some reasons for my opposition to it. I do not intend to discuss the merits or demerits of the claims of Colonel Price and Lt. -Col. Bayly. But the Government, I claim, are unwittingly selecting for special consideration certain persons who have been injured in the service of their country, whilst they refuse to help a number of others who have been similarly injured.


Mr Watson - What are the cases to which the honorable member refers?


Mr CHANTER - Last year I brought under the attention of the Government the t case of a young man who had served two years in South Africa. His services were very highly spoken of. He was attacked by fever, and contracted a lung complaint, with the result that he was in an absolutely helpless condition for a considerable time. The family to which he belonged had suffered severely from domestic afflictions, and I appealed to the Department to grant him some relief. I was immediately met with the reply that nothing could be done for him, because there were a number of similar cases, and if the Department afforded him any relief, it would establish a precedent which would involve the Commonwealth in a very large expenditure. I recognised the force of that position, and therefore desisted from further pressing his claims. The young man his since died. Upon the ground that the granting of compensation to Colonel Price and Lt.-Col. Bayly would establish a bad precedent, I cannot consistently vote for this Bill.







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