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Tuesday, 19 May 1942

Mr MORGAN (Reid) . - I agree with the honorable member for Bourke (Mr. Blackburn). The clause might well be widened to give to the Commissioner greater power with regard to the period for which discretionary payments might be made. I also suggest that such payments be made to widows who, having been left childless, have formed alliances, perhaps of only of a temporary character, with the result that children have been born of the union. Such women might be deserted by the fathers of their illegitimate children, but they would have no claim to payment in respect of those children. The mothers may be left in necessitous circumstances, but, under the hill as it stands, they would not be regarded as entitled to a pension. In such cases, a discretion should be given to the Commissioner to make payments from time to time to such women until they could obtain employment, particularly during the first few years after the birth of the illegitimate children. If the Minister is not prepared to consider an amendment along those lines at this stage, I hope that he will do so later.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 26 to 31 agreed to.

Clause 32 (Allowance to cease in certain circumstances) .

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