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Wednesday, 10 June 1914

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - In the event of the Treasurer finding it difficult to formulate a policy for lightening the load of taxation the payment of the maternity allowance is creating, I suggest that he could very materially lighten that load by foregoing the handsome pension he draws from the Government of Western Australia, namely, £500 a year. It would lighten the load of the taxpayers of that State, or it might be arranged that, instead of the money being paid to Sir John Forrest, it should be paid to a fund to supplement the maternity allowance. As he has frequently complained about the great cost of the maternity allowance and oldage pensions, would it not be well to cut down the pensions of the rich before we touch the pensions of the poor? I remind Senator Millen, who seems to have taken umbrage at the action of the Senate in amending the Address-in-Reply, that he was the first member of the Senate to move an amendment to an AddressinReply. That was during the first session of the first Federal Parliament. His little move at that time was to have immediate action taken to put an end to the employment of kanaka labour in Queensland. It was a pretty little party move for the purpose of taking advantage of a position without making a direct attack, for the purpose of inconveniencing those in power who were taking effectual steps to put an end to the kanaka traffic. The Government of the day knew that their proposals were ample, but the honorable senator wished to take direct action, if I may use the language of Syndicalists. However, the good sense of the Senate prevented it. I have been wondering whether, had the amendment then moved by Senator Millen been carried, the Government of. to-day would have acted in. the same spirit of. pique that appatently influences members of the present Ministry..

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