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Wednesday, 5 October 1910
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Senator ST LEDGER (Queensland) . - In connexion with the Department of External Affairs, there is a vote of £120 for the Commonwealth Literary Fund. I should like to have some information as to the object of that fund. In all probability, information has been furnished on more than one occasion, but I did not happen to be present at the time, or do not remember it. If the vote is in the nature of an acknowledgment of distinguished or brilliant literary work done by Australian authors or authoresses, it is in the nature of a bonus. I quite agree with that object. In all probability there are no persons who have done better service for the Commonwealth, and who have received less in payment in proportion to their labours, than literary men and women.

Senator Pearce - The author of Australian Socialism, to wit !

Senator ST LEDGER - I am not foreshadowing matters with regard to myself. My only regret is that the pressure of duties in parliamentary life does not enable me to devote, more time to literary work. I do not carp at this item, but should like to have some information as to how the fund is administered.

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