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Thursday, 26 July 1906

Mr FRAZER (Kalgoorlie) .- I am inclined to think that, notwithstanding the amendment, which has been hurriedly drafted, the information obtained from this return will not be satisfactory. The* honorable member for Barrier has referred to the position of a representative of one of the eastern States, who proceeds to Western Australia as a member of a Commission, and whilst his amendment might be satisfactory so far as the position of such a member is concerned, it would scarcely operate fairly in the case of a representative of Western Australia engaged on a Commission taking evidence in that State. Whilst Parliament is in session the representatives of Western Australia reside in this city.

Mr Mauger - But honorable members do not draw fees as members of a Commission whilst Parliament is in session.

Mr Fowler - As a member of the Tariff Commission, I was away from Western Australia during the whole of last recess.

Mr FRAZER - And it would be perfectly justifiable to state in this return that the honorable member was away from his home during that time. I am satisfied that the representatives of the western State are not likely to figure in an unfavorable light, but I think that the motion might be differentlyworded. It is not of sufficient importance, however, to warrant a lengthy debate.

Mr. KINGO'MALLEY(Darwin] [3.21]. - I should like to know whether the honorable member for New England, in moving this return, is actuated by a desire to secure an addition to the allowance granted to honorable members ? If he is, the honorable member is a Christian ; if he is not, then he must come under the ban of heathenism. As a member of the Old-age Pension Commission, I received£70 in respect of allowances, whereas my outofpocket' expenses amounted to£125. Is the honorable member prepared to make good the difference? When travelling with a Commission, one has often to make a loan to a man in difficulties whom he will never see again. Is the honorable member may come when no honorable member of this House will be near him, and he will regret his action, and desire to apologise to honorable members.

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