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Thursday, 13 May 1920

Mr CONSIDINE (Barrier) .- I suggest that when the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) places this matter before the Cabinet, in the event of the House carrying the amendment, he should also place before it a suggestion made by the Bulletin some time ago, to the effect that, given a salary of £1,000 a year, £250 of it should be withheld until a member is defeated, or dies. That is a proposal which, personally, I favour, and I think it will appeal to the common sense of every honorable member. I have not been very long a member, but long enough to have had some of my views dissipated in regard to the amount of salary received by honorable members. I do not base my support of the motion on the fact that I cannot live on the salary. If the salary were increased as proposed, I might at the end of my term be no better off than I should be if the salary remains as at present. That is one of my reasons for the suggestion I have just made to the Prime Minister.

Most of us have had experience of fighting for the particular people whose interests we believe in ; and, as honorable members know, members like myself generally fight with the gloves off, both inside and out of this House. In' that respect I do not intend to alter my practice. What is the position of a member, if defeated, who fights for his class outside? I am not afraid to go before my electors, even if the motion be defeated, carrying the responsibility or odium of having voted to increase my salary. I am glad to see there are so many converts to direct action. There is no knowing where the movement will stop in Australia after the highest tribunal in the land has expressed itself in favour of the principle that those who work should determine the conditions under which they shall .work. I am glad, in harmony with my principles expressed outside, to cast my vote inside for the same policy; but I hope that when Cabinet decides to bring forward a Bill to raise the salaries of honorable members they will give close consideration to the aspect of the matter I have mentioned.

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