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Tuesday, 19 May 1942

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- Are the powers to be given to the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners under this bill the same as under the corresponding provision in the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act, and in what respect does the penalty provided in this clause vary from that provided under that act?

Mr Holloway - The powers are similar in both measures, but the penalty provided under this clause is £50, as compared with a penalty of £20 under the corresponding provision in the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act.

Mr CALWELL - Should we not have uniformity in measures of this kind? Is it necessary to impose a penalty of £50 in the event of a person failing to appear before the Commissioner, a Deputy Commissioner, a magistrate or a registrar in answer to a summons?

Mr Holloway - I do not mind whether the penalty is fixed at £50 or £20.

Mr CALWELL - Then, I move-

That in sub-clause (2.), the word "fifty" be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " twenty ".

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 12 agreed to.

Clause 13-

Subject to this act -

(a)   a widow resident in Australia who is maintaining one or more children; or

(6)   a widow so resident who is not maintaininga child and is not less than fifty years of age, shall, while so resident, be qualified to receive a pension.

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