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Thursday, 27 September 1906

Senator DE LARGIE (Western Australia) . - I do not see any serious objection to the amendment of Senator Millen, which, I think, the Government would do well to accept. It has been urged that the power sought by the Government might be used for any purpose to which the Constitution would permit the Parliament to apply the money to be raised by special duties. There is a great deal of reason in the contention. If the object of the Bill is to provide a fund for the purpose of relieving the deserving poor by the granting of . old-age pensions, why should it not be made absolutely clear? That, I think, is all that the amendment proposes to do. Of course, if any Government proposed to apply the revenue from this source to any other purpose, their tenure of office would not be worth five minutes purchase. Surely it will be much easier for us to explain the purpose of the measure to the electors if it be printed on its face. I do not ask the Government to accept the amendment with the object of defeating the measure, because I have no sympathy with the tactics of Senator Givens.

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