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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) .- I wish to refer to two statements that have been made. The honorable member for Hume (Mr. Parker Moloney) said that the £1,300,000 which was alleged to have been saved to the Government in respect of the Crown leasehold taxation should be used to pay old-age pensions. I point out to him what is obvious to almost every other honorable member in the Committee, that that amount has only been saved for one year, and the increase in taxation, in order to provide for oldage pensions, will go on year after year.

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) - That is a very silly statement. If the honorable member has not anything better than that to say he should sit down.

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The other statement to which I shall refer was made by the right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. W. M. Hughes). He stated, that war pensions were decreasing. As a matter of fact, they are increasing: , The figures for 1920 to 1922 are as follows :- 1920, £6,178,692; 1921, £6,915,454; 1922, £6,783,426. It is estimated that in 1923 £6,933,576 will be paid.- Honorable members will see, therefore, that the war pensions expenditure for this year is to be bigger than ever.

Mr W M Hughes - I said that our war expenditure had diminished by £6,000,000.

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I understood the right honorable gentleman to say that war pensions had decreased. All I have to say in regard to the measure before us is that I do not hold with the doctrine that all sense of filial duty should be allowed to die out, and that the Government should do what children ought to do to assist their parents. I support the clause as it is.

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