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Friday, 11 June 1915


Senator GARDINER - I should have been sorry for that.


Senator SENIOR - I am glad to know that I have been able to help the Minister to rejoice in some degree. He apparently has been in the happy position of being able to draw commendation from one side and pleasure from the other. Considering the average duration, of a life policy, and the fact that the insured has probably put more thought into the matter than the beneficiaries will, and that when he has crossed the great divide, and leaves a widow not so well able to transact business, and children dependent upon the provision he has made, there should have been in the Bill something more than the formulation of a vast number of schedules to protect those left behind. Whilst the schedules ought not to have been omitted, a great deal more should certainly have been done. There is too much in the schedules of tithing " mint and anise and cummin," and too little of the "weightier matters of the law." The grain of insurance is omitted, while the husks are included. I hope I have awakened in the minds of those who have honoured me by listening to me, sufficient thought to delay the passage of the Bill until we have made such provision as will enable us to tell our electors that the National Parliament of Australia is at last committed to a national insurance scheme. Until we have taken some steps to bring that much-to-be-desired end within our reach, we shall not have done the duty that we owe to the' people who sent' us here.







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