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Friday, 9 July 1915

Senator PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - I can only say that the Government will ask the Committee not to accept this amendment. I admit that the argument, as put forward by Senator Lynch, regarding the comparison between Australia and other Dominions in the payment of Cabinet Ministers is unanswerable. But this point has to be borne in mind, that Australian taxpayers have to carry, not only the Federal Government, but the State Governments as well, and, after all, the taxpayers have to look at the total sum they are called upon to pay. In that total I think they are paying more for government than are the taxpayers of South Africa or New Zealand. I ask Senator Lynch not to press his request. The subject is one that can be dealt with when the general question of revising the Cabinet and the duties of individual Ministers is taken into consideration.

Request negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Preamble and title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment or request.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended, and report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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