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Thursday, 19 December 1912
Page: 7518

Senator McCOLL (Victoria) -- The members of the family mentioned by Senator Stewart have my entire sympathy, and if honorable senators approve of the principle of the amendment, the Government should recast it, and put it into proper shape, to carry out the object aimed at. I know of a case in which a man was crippled with rheumatism, and who was unable to obtain compensation from any one. For some time past his wife has had to keep him, and he has not been in receipt of any pension. We ought to express our approval of the principle enunciated by Senator Stewart. I do not wish to load up the pension funds, but it seems to me that cases of the character referred to cannot be very numerous, and that the Government ought to meet them. Some discretionary power should be given to the authorities to deal with cases where the calls of humanity are strong. I shall support the amendment.

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