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Wednesday, 13 May 1942

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) . - The purpose of this bill is to make maternity allowances payable to aborigines living under certain approved conditions, and is in line with the policy of this Government, and of the previous Government, to remove disqualifications on aborigines in such circumstances. The bill also proposes to exclude from the calculation of the income of the family unit the earnings of a girl prior to her marriage. As the act stands, if a girl who was employed and earning an income marries during the accounting year, her income up to the time of her marriage is reckoned in with the aggregate income of husband and wife in order to determine whether the family is entitled to any allowance. I have no objection to either of the proposed amendments.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In committee:

Clause 1 agreed to.

Progress reported.

Message recommending appropriation reported.

In committee(Consideration of Governor-General's message) :

Motion (by Mr. Holloway) agreed to-

That itis expedient that an appropriation of revenue be made for the purposes ofa bill for an act to amend the Maternity Allowance Act 1912-1937.

Resolution reported; report - by leave - adopted.

In committee(Consideration resumed) :

Clauses 2 to 5 agreed to.

Title agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment: report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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