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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1347

Mr MORGAN (Reid) . - I do not li'Ve the proposed amendment. There i.i sufficient protection already in the bill. The Commissioner of Pensions can order an inquiry into any application for a pension Women should not be forced tn take legal proceedings against their husbands in order to qualify for the widow's pension. Many women are reluctant to apply to the courts for maintenance orders against their husbands. A magistrate taking evidence on oath or the Commissioner himself, under the provisions of the bill, would be able to satisfy himself as to whether a woman had been deserted.

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