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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

The CHAIRMAN - I would remind the honorable member that we cannot disturb the proposed destination of the compensation.

Mr MALONEY - All that we ask is that all deserving cases shall be treated alike. I do not know whether the honorable member for Moreton is willing to accept the suggestion that the word "defence" should be inserted in the clause. If he is, it will be necessary for us to omit certain words from the succeeding clause.

Mr. KELLY(Wentworth). - Roughly, put, the position is. that we cannot introduce a proposal for any new appropriation in the Bill before us.

Mr Maloney - There is not a quorum present. [Quorum formed],

Mr KELLY - I wish to know if the Minister will incorporate in the Bill a provision which will show that the Government are prepared to consider the whole question of giving compensation and pensions for all ranks of the Defence Forces ?

Mr Ewing - I do not think that any provision to that effect should be placed m the Bill; but I can inform the honorable member that we regard the subject as an important one. It has already received attention, and will receive still more during the recess. The Government will be glad to have the honorable member's assistance in the matter.

Mr Kennedy - I draw attention to the state of the Committee. [Quorum formed].

Mr KELLY - I understand from the Minister- 'that he has made a statement which appears in the pages of Hansard, to the effect that he is favorably considering the question of granting a pension system to the Defence Forces.

Mr Ewing - The question is under the consideration, of the Minister.

Mr KELLY - The honorable gentleman will find it difficult to explain away that statement, if he does not carry his promise into effect, and, as he has made it, I shall not oppose the Bill further.

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