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Friday, 24 August 1923


Mr LISTER (Corio) .- I regret exceedingly that the Prime Minister (Mr. Bruce) has seen fit to regard the amendment submitted by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Charlton) as practically a motion of censure.


Mr Gregory - He could do nothing else.


Mr LISTER - That may be so, but I think that, perhaps unwittingly, he has placed some of his own supporters in an awkward position. On more that one occasion I have demonstrated my interest in these old folk. Only a week or two ago I crossed the Chamber and voted against the Government on this measure. I am, therefore, now in a very difficult position. I have no desire to do anything that will precipitate a crisis which would naturally prevent our aged and infirm people from getting the.increase in pensions almost immediately. At the same time, I have to look at this question, not from the point of view of expediency, but from the point of view whether what I may do will be right or wrong. I feel that I must give a vote this afternoon in accordance with the vote which I recorded on a previous occasion, and for the reasons then stated. I may, perhaps, bring, about my own political extinction, but I cannot help that. I intend to do what I feel is right, irrespective of the consequences to myself. I shall have to support the amendment.







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