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Thursday, 3 March 1904

Mr McDONALD (Kennedy) - I should not have said anything at all upon this motion had it not been for the last speaker. The honorable member's speech was such a selfish one that it requires some answer. I come from a State to which it is impossible for me to get back at the week-end to attend to my private business. A number of other honorable members are in the same position, but the honorable member seems to think that so long as he can get back to attend to his little business, which happens to be only a mile or two from this place-

Mr Wilson - I was considering New

South Wales and South Australian members as well.

Mr McDONALD - He is quite satisfied to give the best portion of his intellect to his private business, and the weaker portion of it to the business of the Commonwealth. My opinion is, that a man who goes into Parliament and is paid£400 a year-

Mr Conroy - Does not get one-quarter enough.

Mr McDONALD - I do not say that he is sufficiently paid, but I do say that it is his duty to give his best intellect to the service of the Commonwealth first, and if he is not prepared to do that he has no right to a seat in Parliament. When the honorable member talks of professional politicians, I suppose he refers particularly to the members of the Labour Party.

Mr Wilson - Oh. no.

Mr McDONALD - I assumed that the honorable member "did. I have heard this kind of thing before, and understand that the honorable member is a prominent supporter of the Employers' Federation. If he were ill to-morrow I am sure that he would secure the best professional advice he could get, but he is prepared for a system of quackery so far as politics are concerned. The sooner that the people realize that it is necessary that the men sent to Parliament should not only take a keen interest in politics, but should also make a study of politics, the better it will be for the interests of Australia. I trust we shall not have in Parliament such a lot of political quacks as we have had in the past.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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