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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1377

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) . - I suppose that this clause will have to be agreed to as it stands, but I hope that the Minister will be able to make reciprocal arrangements with the governments of New Zealand and other dominions so that it will be possible to delete subclause 2 of this clause, which provides that an instalment of an allowance shall not in any event be sent to any person outside Australia. I am not well informed as to whether success was achieved in the direction of concluding reciprocal arrangements with New

Zealand, or any other country, with regard to invalid and old-age pensions but it is unfortunate that people coming to Australia from New Zealand have to live here for twenty years before they become entitled to the old-age pension. I presume that widows from New Zealand will have to reside in this country for five years before they will be entitled to the benefit of this bill. .1 believe that, although New Zealand is close to Australia, no reciprocal arrangements have been m,ade with that country with regard to pension payments, and that even New Zealand 2s. pieces are not legal tender in the Commonwealth. Although Australia's High Commissioner in London negotiates reciprocal arrangements regarding many matters with Great Britain, it seems anomalous that very few such agreements have been entered into between the Commonwealth and the sister dominion of New Zealand. An approach should be made to the Government of New Zealand, at any rate, in an endeavour to reach a reciprocal agreement in regard to invalid, old-age and widows' pensions and child endowment.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 33 to 35 agreed to.

Clause 36 (Payment of pensions and allowances to other persons).

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