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Wednesday, 17 May 1939

Mr FORDE (Capricornia) .- The amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Curtin) had for its purpose a reduction of the total amount of the annuity from £1,000 to £500. In his very temperate speech, the Leader of the Opposition pointed out that the Opposition was not opposed to the principle of an annuity being paid, but thought that £500 a year was, in all the circumstances, a reasonable provision to make for the widow and family. That amendment having been defeated, we cannot vote for the third reading of a bill which makes provision for an annuity of £1,000 a year.

Question put-

That the bill be now read a third time.

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