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Tuesday, 19 December 1905

Mr KING O'MALLEY (Darwin) - I understand that it is proposed to move an amendment providing that the officers to whom this Bill relates shall each receive a pension of £2 per week, instead of a lump sum. I should be willing to vote for such an amendment, but it seems to me that a grant of £500 would not be of much service to Colonel Price, who has no more idea of how to handle money than a child has of how to handle salvation.

Mr Crouch - He would be able to buy an annuity of about 28s. per week.

Mr KING O'MALLEY - Could the honorable and learned member live on such a pittance ?

Mr Crouch - I could.

Mr KING O'MALLEY - I think that £2 per week for an ordinary man means practically starvation. At the most Colonel Price would not be able to obtain more than 6 per cent, on the sum proposed to be granted to him, and it seems to me that that would not be of much' service to a man who has been accustomed for many years to living liberally. I should! like to know whether it is the intention of the honorable member for Melbourne to move as an amendment that these officers receive a pension of £2 per week?

Mr Maloney - I intend, in Committee, to move such an amendment, so far as Colonel Price is concerned.

Mr KING O'MALLEY - Then I trust that the second reading of the Bill will bo agreed to. Imagine a man who* is hard up-

Mr Maloney - I know of dozens of men and women, who are trying to live 011 is. per day

Mr KING O'MALLEY - I know that there are many such cases, and that there is no man in the House who dips deeper than does the honorable member into his security box in order to assist the poor. That is why he can beat any man who stands against him. The honorable member has a heart like the great Himalayan mountains, and I ask him not to postpone the consideration of the measure. I hope that those who are opposing it will remember that this is the Christmas season, and that the wives and childrenof these men are looking out across the plains for the crow to bring them something to eat. I ask them to put aside all prejudice, bigotry, and sordid motives - to forget that they are Democrats, Liberals, or Conservatives, and to remember only the season of the year, and the fact that these men are in want.

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