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Wednesday, 24 June 1903

Sir EDMUND BARTON (HUNTER, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Affairs) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

The surplus mentioned by the honorable member has been distributed among the several States, as mentioned by me yesterday ; and it is believed that without it, embarrassment to their finances would have taken place. Moreover, if the large sum mentioned could have been withdrawn from the above purpose and applied to the carrying out ofa system of old-age pensions, it is more than doubtful whether it would hare proved sufficient to pay throughout the Commonwealth pensions on the lines adopted in New South Wales and Victoria.

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