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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - The attitude taken up by the honorable member for Fawkner will not commend itself to the Committee. The Prime Minister was- not right in announcing that this amendment would bc regarded by the Government as vital. The honorable member for Fawkner has said that the right honorable gentleman's announcement places honorable members on- the Ministerial side in an awkward g position, but it should not do so. The Government was prepared to remit £1,300,000 of taxation that was due to the Commonwealth from the wealthy leaseholders. We, on this side of the House, stopped that. We think it only a fair thing that the money saved' should be devoted to helping the old-age and invalid pensioners. It seems to me that the position of the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Maxwell) is cowardly.

Mr F FRANCIS (HENTY, VICTORIA) - The honorable member, for Fawkner was responsible for the amendment that saved' that money.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The matter was raised first of all on this side of the' House by the honorable member.' for

Yarra (Mr. Scullin). Cbe honorable member for Fawkner would not have said' a word about it had it not been raised by the Opposition.

Mr Maxwell - The honorable member for Yarra raised the point at the earliest possible moment that it could have been raised. No one else, had a chance to raise it.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - We consider that the money so saved to the Commonwealth should be applied to the purpose of. this amendment. The honorable member for Fawkner knows that' sympathy is not of much good to pensioners or anybody else.

Mr Maxwell - I am quite aware' of that.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Then let the honorable member give us his vote if he wants to help the pensioners.

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