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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Sir LANGDON BONYTHON (Barker) - - As one who was a member of the Old-age Pensions Commission, I desire to express regret for what the honorable member for Darwin has said. I think with the honorable member for New England that it is desirable that the information asked for should be furnished, though, of course, care should be taken in framing the terms of the motion, to prevent injustice being done by a wrong presentation of the facts. If care is taken in that regard, the information asked for will be valuable in the highest degree. The honorable member for Darwin said that an allowance of 25s. a day is not sufficient to cover travelling expenses ; but that sum should be large enough for any man who lives reasonably. As the honorable member for Wide Bay, who is a member of the Labour Party, has, in my opinion, said exactly what should be said on the whole subject, I shall content myself with supporting the motion without further comment.

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