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Friday, 25 November 1910


Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) 1 - I wish ro repeat the request of Senator Givens at the twelfth hour. I fail to see what reason could be advance'd by the departmental officers for the delay in furnishing this return. If it involved any considerable labour, I should not persist in my demand for it ; but it would not entail upon any officer more than half-an-hour's work. This afternoon I have been accused of desiring for personal motives to get this return. I have no such desire. I wish to get it for public purposes. There are some persons in the Commonwealth who have posed as patriots, but who, I believe, this return will show to have been hypocrites. When this Parliament determined to increase the allowances paid to members, every one who voted for the increase was assailed in the public press. Members of the Parliament who opposed the increase tried to get into cover, and some have since used the money which at first they refused to accept. It is only fair, in the circumstances, that we should know who those men are. If any member of this Parliament is to suffer for that sin of commission, the people of Australia should be given an opportunity to determine from whom to exact the penalty.







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