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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (Illawarra) . - I move -

That the following new clause he inserted: - " All moneys accruing due to any senator or member of the House of Representatives under this Act not claimed within three months of becoming due shall revert to the Treasury."

This would bring our law into conformity with that of New South Wales, which provides that money not claimed within a reasonable time shall revert to the Treasury. In the absence of some such clause, the unclaimed money remains in the! Treasury without anybody being able to deal with it. It is highly undesirable, from an accounting point of view, that it should accumulate in that way. There have been cases in New South Wales, and, I understand, elsewhere, where members have not claimed the money for years. I have been told of one case where the creditors of a member who was defeated forced the money to be taken out of the Treasury and paid to him in the end.

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