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Thursday, 27 October 1904

Mr McWILLIAMS (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) -The Commonwealth has been committing such acts towards that State ever since the Federation was established.

Mr McDonald - Does the honorable member hold the Commonwealth responsible ?

Mr Mcwilliams - The position of a State in relation to the Commonwealth cannot be compared with that of honorable members deliberately voting legal expenses to themselves.

Mr McDonald - That is an unfair way of putting the matter.

Mr MCWILLIAMS - It is a perfectly fair way. If we vote this money, there is not an. honorable member of this House who, with the faintest claim to consistency, can object to paying the legal expenses of those candidates who are subject to costs in appealing to the Court of Disputed Returns. In the interests of the taxpayers we have no right to pass this vote. I shall oppose the suggestion to reimburse candi dates the amount of their scheduled expenses, and, if the matter be pressed to a division, I shall vote against the items contained in the Estimates.

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