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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr SPEAKER (Hon W Elliot Johnson - I must ask the honorable member to withdraw the accusation of bribery. '

Mr BLUNDELL - I know it is out of order, Mr. Speaker, and I unreservedly withdraw it, but I am sorry the forms of the House do not allow me to express myself as I would like to.

Mr Brennan - That cuts no ice now.

Mr BLUNDELL - I do not know about that.

Mr Brennan - You do not get any Labour support from that kind of tripe, let me tell you.

Mr SPEAKER - Order ! The honorable member for Batman has made use of an offensive expression, and I ask him to withdraw it.

Mr Brennan - I withdraw it, Mr. Speaker.

Mr BLUNDELL - Whether honorable members vote for this Bill or not, we all ought to be perfectly honest about the matter. If the honorable member for Angas does not value himself at £1,000 a year, nobody will quarrel with him. After his speech to-night, I could easily imagine he is not worth £600 a year, but, of course, that is a matter for his constituents to decide. I shall record my vote in favour of this Bill. I shall not give to a German any of my money, and I shall not attempt to buy selection by my party by making a contribution to any organization connected with my party. I shall vote for this increased allowance, and take it, because I believe that those who are returned by the constituencies to the Federal Parliament should receive such an allowance as will enable them to uphold the dignity of the position, and to properly discharge the important duties attaching to it. . Whatever may happen, I shall not attempt in any way to make political capital out of this matter. This is not a party question; it is one on which members of all parties are free to express their opinions, and to say whether they approve or disapprove of it. I regret exceedingly certain other statements made by the honorable member for Angas (Mr. Gabb), but so far as they relate to myself and my loyalty to my principles, I realize that, having regard to the source from which they came, I need not waste the time of the House in dealing with them.

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