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Wednesday, 21 October 1903

Mr McCAY (Corinella) - If we do not agree to the vote as proposed by the Government the result may be that Parliament may not meet for several months after the election, and that during that time--

Mr Tudor - The interval cannot be so long.

Mr McCAY - I was overlooking the fact that we shall have to meet within about two. months after the elections. Even in that event the amount involved would be more than £100 and during the period in question,. Mr. Speaker, if he were re-elected would still be regarded as holding his present office. I must confess that I am not able to follow the distinction drawn by some honorable members who say that we should vote this money by a different method. It seems to me that the Government proposal is the most straightforward and sensible course to pursue. The footnote is much in the nature of a check, and this is the fairest way to do what we are all agreed is a reasonable thing.

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