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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - I support the bill because it provides for the raising of a considerable sum of money in order to make provision for a very necessary and long overdue social service. I do not like the method by which the requisite revenue is to be raised, but, in the absence of any suggestion as to a better method, I am quite prepared to support the bill. No opponent of this scheme, either in this chamber or in the House of Representatives, has been able to suggest a better method than that selected by the Government. I am somewhat astonished at the attitude of the Opposition to this bill. It says, in effect, that it favours a child endowment scheme, but that the provision of the necessary money to finance it is entirely the responsibility of the Government. The Opposition is prepared to accept whatever method the Government suggests, whether it be good or bad. That a virile Opposition should adopt such an attitude passes my comprehension.

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