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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr HAMILTON - The honorable member for Kingsford-Smith has four chins.

Mr Curtin Mr. Curtininterjecting,

Mr. ACTING DEPUTYSPEAKEROrder! The honorable member for KingsfordSmith must not interject.

Mr HAMILTON - Anybody who looks at the " Parliamentary Handbook " will not see that face in it.

The report to which I have been referring went farther. It said that members of Parliament - a term which describes all the members of both houses - should have their salaries cut by half, and that the money thus saved should be made available to the pensioners. That sounds very nice; it reads very well. But it is merely pandering to poor unfortunate people who may be suffering as a result of the pension they are receiving. It is all very well for members of the Labour party to laugh, but I took the opportunity to-day to ascertain how many age pensioners there are in this country. The total number of age pensioners alone is 455,727. Half of the salaries of 183 members of this Parliament divided among that number of pensioners would give each pensioner a paltry 2.8d. a week extra. That is how the Labour party, or some of its members, would deal with the pensioners.

Mr Curtin Mr. Curtininterjecting,

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