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Wednesday, 29 June 1938


The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN (Mr Nairn (PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Order! The honorable member must address himself to the question before the Chair.


Mr JAMES - I am endeavouring to impress upon the Treasurer the fact that when a man is ill he needs nourishment. This clause denies him nourishment for five days. It says, in effect, that he must content himself with medicine. Some of the people in my electorate are so poor that they cannot get credit. Without money and without credit they cannot get food. In many instances, the hospitals have to turn away the sick because they are given insufficient assistance by the Government. If it were not for the organizations to which I have referred, there would be no hospitals in existence in the coal-fields districts of New South Wales. It is to their credit that the fine hospitals in the district exist.

When this bill left the House of Representatives the waiting period in respect of sickness benefit was seven days. The Senate reduced it to five days. I now appeal to the Government to eliminate the waiting period altogether. The benefit should be available from the day on which a man falls ill. I know that the Government is in a hurryto pass this bill. If it agreed to what the Opposition wants in this matter it could have the bill in a few moments. I remind the Treasurer, however, that there is no guillotine how as there was when the bill was first in this chamber. If it had not been for the fact that the honorable member for EastSydney (Mr. Ward) was kicked out-

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.Order! If the honorable gentleman will not speak to the question, I shall order him to resume his seat.


Mr JAMES - I think I should draw attention to the state of the committee.







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