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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr MAXWELL (Fawkner) ,- I' regret that the Prime Minister hasannounced that the carrying of the amendment will be regarded by the Government as a vote of want of- confidence. Of course^ I recognise the right of the Prime Minister to take that view. He assures us that the Cabinet has most carefully considered the whole question, and that the provision made in this Bill' is an integral ' part of its financial policy. I' have already expressed the opinion that, the pension should be increased to £1, but I am; placed in an awkward position. In the main, I. have confidence in the financial arrangements and general policy of the Government, and I am not prepared to vote for the amendment, if the carrying of it would mean the ousting., of the Government. I am gratified, as' I believe- every honorable member is, that the pension, has been liberalized to a large extent. Many of

MS1would like to see it made much, more liberal, and I again, express my regret that whilst I am strongly in favour of increasing it. to £1, r cannot vote for the amendment, because of the effect which the carrying of. it would have upon the Government.

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