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Wednesday, 18 March 1936


Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I do not propose to be influenced by threats to the effect that my amendment will misrepresent the views of my party, which may have to carry the stigma in the future, because I have included an income of £125 per annum in my amendment. I want from the Minister an assurance that a portion of this grant will not be paid to wealthy wheat-growers. Even if the amendment be rejected, I shall submit another to ascertain whether a majority of the committee think it right to vote public money to wealthy persons, some of whom are members of this Parliament. Why should money contributed by all sections of the community be used to supplement the incomes of wealthy wheat-growers?


Senator Hardy - Does the honorable senator think that a wheat-grower who receives more than £125 per annum is a wealthy man?


Senator COLLINGS - I contend that if a farmer receives an amount exceeding £125 a year after paying working expenses and meeting interest charges, his position is superior to that of a basic wage worker. If the Minister will give an assurance that this money will not be paid to wealthy people, the position will be altered materially. I believe that the moneyshould be paid to persons who have no taxable income, and I am prepared to reconstruct my amendment in those terms if that will suit the Minister.


Senator Brennan - I regret that I am unable to give such an assurance.

Amendment negatived.







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