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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator DOBSON (Tasmania) . - I am still unfavorable to the vicious system of raising taxation by means of special duties, and ear-marking it. But, in this instance, I believe in the amendment, because I think that the only justification for the Bill is to ear-mark the revenue derived from the special duties for the purpose of paying old-age pensions. The reason why I spent so much time yesterday in calling attention to various schemes was because in the report of the Royal Commission, the utterances of public men, and in the press, I see_no indication that any one understands - although, of course, every one does - that any but the Australian method of giving a pension of 10s. to each old-age pensioner is to be adopted. I desire to move an amendment. But it would save trouble if Senator Millen would ask leave to insert in his amendment after the word " providing " the words "or subsidizing" a fund, because I do not want any words in the Bill, which would be likely to prevent the best scheme from being adopted. I might "feel safe, however, if the provision contained the words "creating or establishing."

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