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Tuesday, 23 May 1939

Mr WARD - In view of the fact that the Government has accepted the responsibility for rendering financial assistance to some widows within the Commonwealth, when does it propose to introduce a scheme of widows' pension to apply generally throughout the Commonwealth?

Mr.MENZIES.- The problem referred to by the honorable member is bound up with the problem touched upon in a question answered by the Minister for Social Services relating to National insurance. As the honorable member will remember, the scheme of national insurance passed by this House dealt, among other things, with the matter of widows' pensions, and that question, therefore, will form part of the matters to be placed before the proposed select committee, and will be included in the matters which, subsequently, will be determined by this House.

Mr WARD - In connexion with any scheme of widows' pensions which may be introduced by the present Government, will the Prime Minister see that such pensions are placed on a non-contributory basis as is now the case in respect of pensions of this class already being paid by the Government of New South Wales?

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