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Thursday, 20 May 1920

Mr HIGGS (Capricornia) . - The clause provides that the allowance of a member of the House of Representatives shall be calculated from the day of his election. I think it ought to continue until the date of the election of his successor, for the reason that when members want the money most, that is, at election time, it stops. If there is no constitutional reason why that may not be done, the Government ought to introduce the necessary amendment. Probably, as a private member, I could not propose it, because it might be held to increase the amount of money required. I see no reason why members of this House should not be placed on the same footing as the members of another Chamber.

Mr Hughes - I ask the honorable member not to press it.

Mr HIGGS - If it cannot be done constitutionally, I have no desire to press it.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 6 to8 agreed to.

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