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Thursday, 13 October 1927

Senator FINDLEY (Victoria) .- The inclusion of this clause might give the impression that members of Parliament want to protect themselves against the charge that they are becoming more and more parsimonious, or are afraid to say " no " to appeals made to them. There is no reason why they should be treated differently from other members of the community. As Senator Needham has said, the clause would place them at a disadvantage compared with other persons who may oppose them at elections. Members of Parliament who desire to assist some worthy object should be free to do so. I hope that the Minister will agree to the deletion of the clause. The generosity of some members of Parliament may have given rise to the belief that they will respond to every appeal, and to that extent this clause would offer them some protection; but any person who is elected to Parliament should be manly enough to decide this matter for himself.

Sitting suspended from 6.30 to 8 p.m.

Private business taking precedence after 8 p.m.,

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