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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr GLYNN (South Australia) - When the President's term of six years has expired, he will not receive any salary until he is reelected.

Mr Deakin - He retains his office till the 31st December, and, if he is re-elected, his salary will date from the 1st January following.

Mr GLYNN - It would appear then that Mr. Speaker is placed rather at a disadvantage. Upon a previous occasion I moved the excision of this item, because I did not consider it advisable to do something which I thought the Constitution did not allow us to do. I find, however, that it is not absolutely prohibited by the Constitution, inasmuch as we can vote money for anything which expediency may suggest. I learn that in England a special Act is in operation, under which the emoluments and duties appertaining to Mr. Speaker's office continue,even though a dissolution may have taken place. Under the circumstances I do not intend to oppose the proposal.

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