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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr CASEY (Corio) (Treasurer) . - In view of statements which have recently appeared in the press and elsewhere, the Government desires to announce, first, that the scheme of national insurance will definitely be proceeded with; secondly, that division 1 of Part VII. of the National Health and Pensions Insurance Act, which makes legal provision for the constitution of approved societies, will be proclaimed to commence forthwith; and thirdly, that the remainder of the act and the acts imposing contributions will, at the beginning of January, be proclaimed to commence on the 4th September, 1939. That date is somewhat later than the date originally intended, but it has been fixed so as to allow time for the investigation of certain proposals now before the Government for

I lie rectification of anomalies, and the introduction of consequential amending legislation in the next sittings of Parliament early in 1939. In these circumstances, it is not necessary to proceed with the bill on the notice-paper. A new amending bill will, as indicated, be introduced. The National Insurance Commission will confer* with the approved societies regarding preliminary administrative expenses which the societies have incurred during the period up to the time of the commencement of contributions.

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