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Friday, 25 November 1910

Senator RAE (New South Wales) . - I notice an item of £100 for travelling expenses, including the cost of conveying senators' luggage. A good many members of Parliament who live in other States have to break their journeys. When Senator Gardiner arrives in Sydney he has to wait there until the evening for a train to take him to his home in Orange. It is the same with Mr. Thomas Brown. Members of Parliament who live in the Newcastle district are also required to break their journey in Sydney, and perhaps wait there for several hours before they can get a train. I understand that the Railway Commissioners in the various States receive a lump sum for the carriage of members of Parliament over their lines. Yet members of Parliament are treated differently from commercial travellers or seasonticket holders in regard to luggage which is stored temporarily. In the aggregate the difference amounts to a good deal.

Senator Millen - Is it worth bothering about?

Senator RAE - I have made these remarks because I thought that the Government could arrange the matter.

Senator Millen - The total difference amounts to three-farthings a time.

Senator RAE - It is not so much the amount as the nuisance.

Senator Givens - It is only a small matter, anyhow. I have to store my luggage three times when I am going home.

Senator RAE - At the railway station commercial travellers have a locker in which they can deposit an excess of luggage until it is wanted again, but when a member of Parliament goes to the station at a late hour he is put to a lot of trouble to get his luggage.

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