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Thursday, 17 November 1938


The CHAIRMAN - Order ! The honorable member will not be in order in dealing with the question of parliamentary allowances. The clause relates only to the .date of commencement of the act, to which the honorable member has moved an amendment.


Mr BRENNAN - I shall not attempt for a single moment to transgress your ruling on that point, Mr. Chairman, more especially as a very suitable opportunity will arise on a later clause to settle the question which has been raised by me, and disputed by honorable members opposite.


Mr Casey - Disputed very definitely.


Mr BRENNAN - Disputed by at least two honorable members opposite. At any rate, I say, without fear of successful contradiction - and I am sure that that is a phrase which has been hallowed by long usage - that the longer wo can postpone the coming into operation pf this bill the better for the country, the better for the Parliament, and, in the long result - and that is not really my main object - the better for Ministers themselves, because while in their cupidity they are grasping at this increase of salary to-night, the time will come when they will have to answer for it to their electors. I ask them what answer they will have to give. Because I think that they have none, and because I think that at this stage all we can do is to make a substantial postponement of the operation of the bill, I move for the acceptance of the committee my amendment in the terms which I have indicated.







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