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Thursday, 13 May 1920

Sir ROBERT BEST (Kooyong) . - I shall not occupy more than a few minutes. I desire to say frankly that those who have spoken in favour of an increase in salary have made out a good case. I recognise the sacrifices that are made, particularly by those who represent constituencies in other States, but during the last election campaign I was asked, the direct question whether I would vote for an increase in salary, and I replied I would not, unless the matter had previously been submitted to the people at a general election. At the same time I am in sympathy with much that has been said as to the fairness and meritorious character of the claim which has been made for increasing the allowance to honorable members, and I am sure the claim could ho justified on the public platform.

Honorable Members. - Question!

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