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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator PLAYFORD (South Australia) (Minister of Defence) . - This is a debatable subject, and when the Government were discussing the Bill, which has for its object the provision of old-age pensions, it may be imagined that the question of whether that object should be clearly set forth came under discussion. After much consideration, however, the Government decided that it would be inadvisable to tie the hands of future Parliaments as to how the money so raised should be applied. There are circumstances which can be conceived as possible, if not probable, under which it might be desirable to raise special funds, say, for purposes of defence.

Senator Millen - During the next three years ?

Senator PLAYFORD - The Government, therefore, decided to leave Parlialiament with a free hand j and that is the reason the Bill appears in its present shape.

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