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Saturday, 16 December 1905

Mr FISHER (Wide Bay) - This is not the first occasion upon which the honorable member for Coolgardie has rendered good service by drawing attention to this case. The principle, if it can be called a principle, is that if the State Government has agreed to pay a gratuity, the Commonwealth Government offer no resistance.

Sir John Forrest - Because they pay the money.

Mr FISHER - I know that they do; but it is high time that the Commonwealth adopted a scheme to meet such cases.

Sir John Forrest - So we shall, within a few months.

Mr FISHER - In one State no compensation is paid, and even the funeral expenses are deducted, whilst in another State a substantial gratuity is granted. I trust that the Government will look into the matter, and devise a scheme which will meet with the approval of the House.

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