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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator PAYNE (Tasmania) .- Though approving of the attitude adopted by our ex-President, Senator Givens, I do not think he is justified in moving the amendment. I read in the Melbourne press to-day a statement to the effect that the money to bevoted would be spent in a certain way; but I do not think that that should influence this Parliament. All we are concerned about now is the voting of £50,000 to the Victorian Parliament and Government.

Senator Givens - I am not objecting to the payment of the money.

Senator PAYNE - The money to be voted to the Victorian Government is to be spent on a suitable memorial in recognition of our gratitude to the people of Victoria for the use of this building for so many years. We should not take notice of statements that appear in the press as to the manner in which the money may be expended. That is a matter entirely for the Victorian Government.

Senator Givens - I do not propose to interfere with the expenditure of the money. I am content to leave that entirely in the hands of the State Government, and I would willingly vote a larger sum.

Senator PAYNE - I understood that the honorable senator referred to a statement which appeared in the Melbourne press, that it was proposed to utilize the vote for the erection of a kitchen.

Senator Givens - The Victorian Government may do that if it wishes. My only objection is to a kitchen being regarded as a memorial of our occupation of these premises.

Senator PAYNE - The clause might very well stand.

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