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Thursday, 25 July 1912

Senator CHATAWAY (Queensland) . - I move -

That, in the opinion of the Senate, it is desirable to amend the Old-age and Invalid Pensions Act, with a view to authorizing the Government to render assistance to beneficiaries under the Act.

Like many other members of the Senate, I am suffering from a cold, and I ask honorable senators to bear with me while I am dealing with this subject, and not to heckle. It is a matter which I brought under the notice of the Senate in 1908. First of all, without wishing to trespass on party matters, I want to refer to a statement which was made at the AVerriwa election by Mr. Roberts, as reported in the local newspapers. He said that -

Owing to the statements made by Mr. W. H. Irvine and Mr. Joseph Cook, in his opinion, the moment the Liberal party got into power they would immediately reduce old-age pensions.

So far as I am concerned; so far as the Liberal organization in Queensland is concerned ; and so far as the Liberal Union of Australia is concerned, that statement was absolutely false, and a deliberate lie.

Senator Rae - I rise to order. I understand that the honorable senator has stated that a deliberate lie was uttered in making a certain statement regarding the attitude of Mr. Joseph Cook and others about oldage pensions. I wish to know whether he was in order.

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