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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Mr JAMES (Hunter) .- This afternoon, during question time, I referred to this matter of trust funds, and to the communications which have passed between Mr. O'Sullivan, general secretary of the Public Service Association of New South Wales, and the Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons). According to a press report, Mr. O'Sullivan forwarded the following telegram to the Prime Minister on the 15th April : -

Under Enforcement Act. bank accounts of State Superannuation Board have been attached. Association views with alarm effect on pensioners dependent on superannuation payments, and urges that these funds be exempted immediately.

Mr. O'Sullivanstated that, on the following day, he had received this reply from the Prime Minister -

Reply your telegram yesterday, Commonwealth Government under Enforcement Act does not propose attaching moneys that are not property of State, and if it can be established that any moneys which came into the hands of the Commonwealth are of such a character the Commonwealth will release them.

It is probable that the New South Wales Government will not make any payments into the banks in respect of widows' pen sions, child endowment, &c, for fear that the money will be attached by the Commonwealth. Much has been said regarding the alleged failure of Mr. Lang to pay pensions and child endowment.

Mr Lyons - I rise to a point of order. The amendment before the committee does not deal with any of the points raised by the honorable member, but only with deposits made on behalf of contractors.

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