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Wednesday, 11 June 1902

Mr McDONALD (KENNEDY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been drawn to a statement attributed to Mr. Chamberlain that the Australian States should contribute some £30,000,000 towards defraying the expenses ofthe War in South Africa ?

2.   Whether, in view of the repeatedly-expressed assertions of representatives, Australian politicians, and journalists, that we would spend our "last shilling and our last man" in furtherance of a war of aggression in South Africa, it is the intention of the Government's representatives at the coining Imperial Conference to be held in London to consider the advisability of relieving the pauperized masses of the United Kingdom from a portion of the taxation required to meet such war expenditure by imposing a tax on land and incomes sufficient to make up our per capita share in the cost of a war by which the Band owners alone have benefited.

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