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Thursday, 21 May 1970

Mr PEACOCK (Kooyong) (Minister for the Army) - in reply - I regret that in the midst of the sympathy that has obviously been engendered into the atmosphere of the Parliament prior, at least, to the speech of the honourable member for Mallee (Mr Turnbull), the impecunious circumstances in which some of the honourable members are placed were shown. In concluding the debate on the Bill I should remind honourable members that my second reading speech pointed out that the main purpose of the Bill was to revise the Second Schedule of the Parliamentary Allowances Act which felt out of line with the redistribution of boundaries. The present Bill does not open at all the question of the sufficiency of the amount of electorate allowances but only the question of classification.I am sure the points made by the honourable members for Grayndler (Mr Daly), Prospect (Dr Klugman), Robertson (Mr Cohen) and La Trobe (Mr Jess), and to some degree the points made by the honourable member for Griffith (Mr Donald Cameron) would be taken into account if a full-scale inquiry into the matter of Parliamentary allowances and salaries were held. But this is not the purpose of the Bill before the House today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Message from the Governor-General recommending appropriation announced.

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