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Friday, 25 June 1926

Senator GRANT (New South Wales) . - Most, if not all, Ministers in the Federal cabinet are provided with motor cars, offices, and secretaries, to enable them to carry out their duties. The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the other branch of the legislature and in this chamber have been furnished with office accommodation and secretaries, but the Government has not assisted them sufficiently. I propose to move that the bill be returned to the House of Representatives, with a request that provision be made for motor cars for them. Motor cars are no longer considered a luxury; to-day they are regarded as a necessity. The Leader of the Opposition and his Deputy, both in this and the other chamber, have strenuous duties to perform, and each is entitled to be provided with a motor car for his exclusive use. When they have concluded their work in this building, they should be in a position to retreat to their homes in comfort, instead of having to rush for trains or trams. Instead of having to live in the heart of Melbourne, they would then be able to reside at some salubrious resort along Hobson's Bay.

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