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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Sir JOHN FORREST (Swan) (Treasurer) . - I would point out to the honorable member that before gratuities are sanctioned by the Government, the States interested are always consulted. In the matter of the gratuity to the widow of Mr. N. E. Knight, the Government of Western Australia was consulted, and I believe that that State paid nearly the wholeof the amount. Consequently the Commonwealth funds are not charged with it. I do not know the facts connected with the other two gratuities, which total about £13.

Mr Mahon - How did Mr. Knight die?

Sir JOHN FORREST - It was a sad case. Apparently in his usual good health, and in the prime of life, he dropped dead upon a railway station, and left a widow and large family unprovided for.

Proposed vote agreed to.

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