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Wednesday, 24 June 1903


Mr HUME COOK (BOURKE, VICTORIA) - It was proposed last night that we should allow the test vote, to be taken upon the principle of paying pensions after the clause had been modified, but I suggested that we should vote on the principle at once, and that plan was eventually adopted. A clear-cut issue was thus put before honorable members, and the vote' was taken accordingly. What is now suggested by the honorable and learned member for South Australia, Mr. Glynn, is hardly correct, because we determined to test the principle, and as the House has already decided against pensions, there can be no modification; The object sought to be achieved last night was to economize the time of the Committee.







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