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Thursday, 11 June 1931

Senator RAE (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Leader of the Government in the Senate the following questions, without notice : -

1.   Does the Government subscribe to the view that to refuse or fail to honour any contracts with bondholders would be an act of repudiation and therefore dishonorable?

2.   Is it not a fact that the most solemn promises were made and repeatedly reaffirmed to Australian volunteers, enlisted for service in the world war, that those whosurvived, and the families and dependants of all who served, should be amply and generously provided for during the remainder of their lives ?

3.   Is it contended that their present pensions are excessive, and, if not, are not the proposed compulsory reductions thereof a partial repudiation of those promises, and as affecting the lives and health of thousands of crippled and diseased ex-soldiers, much more dishonorable than any possible default to bondholders?

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