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Thursday, 13 May 1920

Mr BAYLEY (Oxley) .- I support the motion because I have found, during my brief experience in the House of some three years, that the allowance received by honorable members is insufficient. Those of us who come from other States, such as Queensland, feel this insufficiency in a very marked degree. It is necessary for such honorable members to maintain two homes, and travelling expenses are always heavy. Then, again, the election expenses, as already outlined, are a severe drain. I feel confident that it is not the wish of the people of Australia that their representatives should receive a salary which prevents them doing those things which they should be able to do as public men; it is not fitting that members of the Federal Parliament should, when travelling, have to consider every shilling. Unless we are willing to live beyond our means we find ourselves compelled at times to travel under conditions ill-becoming our position. Unless we are placed by the people of Australia in such circumstances as will enable us to act with dignity, nothing but harm can come. When I retired from the Education Department in Queensland in order to enter political life, I did so with the knowledge that that step would result in pecuniary loss; but even at that time I did not realize the extent to which the cost of living would increase, and the amount I received monthly, whilst small, was enough to enable me to pay my way. At present, however, I find it extremely difficult to do this. I speak thus plainly because, now the subject has been opened, I think it behoves every one to freely express his opinion. There is no man in the House who does not realize that the allowance is insufficient. There are amongst us men who are fortunate enough to be moneyed, or in business, and thus have their parliamentary allowance augmented ; but honorable members who had to throw over everything in order to enter political life, deserve special consideration at the hands of Parliament. I hope that each honorable member will speak as his heart dictates t and not as he may. think the people outside would like him to speak.

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