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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr WATSON (Fremantle) .- I am very sorry that the debate has assumed this acrimonious tone. I am pledged to vote for a pension of £1 a week, and I shall do so. I thought that the speech of the Leader of the Opposition was very moderate and tolerant. I am sorry that the Government will not accept his proposals. I want to pay a tribute to the Government for bringing the measure down. The Treasurer, I know,, has to act in a way that will con serve the financial interests of the people of Australia; but he should also act to conserve Australia's honour. I believe that Australia would be better served by cutting down expenditure somewhere else and increasing the pension to £1 a week. I hope that even now the Government will agree to the amendment.

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