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Wednesday, 17 May 1939

Mr FROST (Franklin) .- I regret the necessity for this bill, and I particularly regret the manner in which it has been brought before Parliament.

We know that very shortly after the death of the late Prime Minister (Mr. Lyons), the new Prime Minister, the right honorable member for Cowper (Sir Earle Page), made an announcement that the country would provide for the family. How he knew that such provision would be necessary I do not know. Then, on the night of the funeral, a cabinet meeting was held, and it was agreed that certain provision should be made. At first it was proposed thai there should be a grant of £25,000.

Mr Thorby - That was never suggested.

Mr FROST - How does- the honorable member know?

Mr Thorby - I was present at the cabinet meeting, and I know that no such suggestion was 'made.

Mr FROST - I suppose the honorable member for Calare (Mr. Thorby) feels under an obligation to the late Prime Minister for having tolerated him in his Government for so long. I knew the late Prime Minister for a great many years in Tasmania, and I always had the greatest respect for him. He was a goodliving man, who felt that his home and family were everything. I believe that provision should be made for his family. The honorable member for Richmond (Mr. Anthony) said that the proposal of the Opposition represented a beggarly allowance.

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