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Wednesday, 8 September 1920


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - Honorable members opposite cannot escape from the fact that in voting against this amendment they will be voting against the giving of a living wage to Commonwealth public servants. They may camouflage the situation as much as they like, and try to explain away their votes, but that is the position in which they will be placed if they vote against this Bill.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - You have said that you want to destroy this Bill.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The Treasurer (Fir Joseph Cook), as usual, did not touch the question before the Chair. I desire also to remind honorable members opposite that in voting against this amendment they will be voting against a pledge given by the Government at the last general election.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - What was that pledge?


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The right honorable member's leader gave it from the platforms of the country.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Read it.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - We shall have it read to the right honorable gentleman later on. I have it definitely in my mind that the Prime Minister (Mr. Hughes) said at the last general election that if his party were returned to power it would take the earliest opportunity to give effect to the findings of the Basic Wage Commission. livery member of the party who votes against this amendment will be voting against the pledged word of the Government as given on that Ocea sion .


Mr Ryan - That will be nothing unusual.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It will be nothing unusual so far as the Prime Minister is concerned, but, in this case, he will be dragging with him those who followed him at the last general election.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Is the honorable member in favour ofthis Bill?


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am in favour of the amendment.


Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - Will the honorable member vote for the Bill if the amendment is not inserted ?


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The right honorable member cannot drag-net me. We are dealing with a definite amendment.


Mr GREENE (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Trade and Customs) - I have never known the honorable member to give a straight answer to a straight question.


Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Because the Minister for Trade and Customs (Mr. Greene) never puts a straight question. One has to frame answers in keeping with the honorable gentleman's questions.

Progress reported.







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