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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I wish to move an amendment prior to that suggested by Senator Dobson. It is my desire that we should limit the special duties proposed to be raised under this Bill to the specific purpose of the payment of old-age pensions.

Although the measure is put forward as a means of obtaining revenue to provide an old-age pensions fund, if it became law as it now stands it would be competent for the Ministry to impose special duties for any purpose. I want some guarantee that if ever this measure is put into operation, it will be for the purpose of providing an old-age pensions fund, and I am, therefore, prepared to move, when a fitting opportunity arises, that' the amendment be amended by substituting for the words "such special purpose," the words "the payment of old-age pensions."

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