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Tuesday, 10 December 1912

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) . - I am very sorry that Senator Stewart missed his chance. I really thought that from- the different arguments which had been advanced he had come to the conclusion that it would be of no use to move the amendment, because the Go- vernment is not. prepared to assent to it. It is one to which I have already referred in connexion with other matters. It more nearly relates to an amendment of the Old-age and Invalid Pensions Act, because its purpose is to grant pensions to the widows and orphans of those who have been killed by accident in the Commonwealth service! I know that the amendment has been circulated with a very laudable purpose, but I hope that Senator Stewart will see that it is necessary to proceed in another way. The provision would hamper and overload a Bill of this kind, and therefore I trust that he will not press his motion for a recommittal as the Government cannot see its way to support the amendment. I think that it would he only a waste of valuable time to recommit' the' Bill, and bring about any very lengthy argument in favour of the amendment or against it. I really thought that the honorable senator had given up the idea of amending the schedule, and was absent on that account.

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