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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) .- The reason why the Opposition did not press for any further discussion on this clause was that we had tested in the House the question of whether this matter could be resolved. We did so by moving an amendment to the motion for the second reading to provide for the bill to be withdrawn and redrafted and its provisions to be made retrospective to 1st July. I suggest that the honorable member for Chisholm (Sir Wilfrid Kent Hughes) had a golden opportunity then to live up to his speech by voting with us on our amendment. However, we will support him in regard to this clause if he feels that he would like to drive his argument to a conclusion although we think that what he proposes has already been tested and has failed in the House. I agree with him that the Minister's attitude to the matter seems to be, "You have to be on the right side of the wire when the wire descends, or you don't get anything ". That is not a completely valid proposition, except perhaps so far as a Treasury official or the head of the Treasury is concerned, but I suppose it is the philosophy that exists in all departments handling money or handling matters involving money. We do not want to hold up the improved pension plan for members of the services, and for that reason we propose to allow the rest of the bill to go through unopposed.

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