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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Mr EWING (Richmond) (VicePresident of the Executive Council) . - The honorable member has suggested that this Bill should contain a sort of general recognition of the claims of officers and men who have been injured on duty, rather than of two particular officers. I have consulted the Attorney-General upon the matter, and he assures/ me that, withoutinjury to the measure, the words " Price and Bayly " can be omitted, and the word "Defence " substituted.

Mr BRUCE SMITH (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - How about the message from the Governor-General upon which this Bill is founded?

Mr EWING - The Attorney-General assures me that that technical point need! cause us no concern. I am prepared to accept an amendment upon the lines indicated.

Mr Maloney - Will the Minister allow other cases to be included in the Bill ?

Mr EWING - This measure appears to me to be the forerunnner of a Bill which will cover such claims for compensation as can withstand the same critical test which has been applied to the cases of these two officers.

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