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Wednesday, 12 May 1920


Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) .- If this were the only proposal f or the benefit of returned soldiers that had emanated from this Chamber, then the proposition submitted to the Government, as well as that put forward by the honorable member for Grampians (Mr. Jowett), would be indeed very meagre. But, as the honorable member for Parkes (Mr. Marr) said, in effect, in his very manly statement, the Government have just passed a Bill providing for returned soldiers a gratuity involving from £26,000,000 to £28,000,000. The honorable member asked that they should be given an opportunity to use their own money in effective co-operation amongst themselves. If the life they have led has created in them the true spirit of cooperation - if the spirit is there - I daresay they will muster into groups to carry on industries. I should like, even at this late hour, to ask the Government - if they are seriously thinking of giving a national stimulus to co-operation - to reconsider the whole question of cashing the war gratuity on a co-operative basis, thereby helping the returned soldiers to enter into co-operative enterprises with their own money. That would be in accordance with the true principle ofco-operation.







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