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Wednesday, 7 December 1938

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) (2:23 AM) .- If I had been disposed to vote for the amendment of the Leader . of the Opposition, I certainly should not have been persuaded not to do so by the arguments advanced by the honorable member for Richmond (Mr.

Anthony). It. is us great a shi to collect £5 wrongly from the Government as it is t,o collect £505 wrongly. I can understand, however, the unreadiness of the Government to accept the amendment, because to do so would be to transform what purports to be educative and encouraging to a mere dole. I am aware also of the difficulties which would be encountered in discriminating between those who would be entitled to the subsidy and those who would not. My objection to the measure is accentuated by the fact that men of means will participate in the subsidy, but I do .not think that the solution of that difficulty is to be found in the amendment. I prefer to wait until the third reading when I shall vote against the bill.

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