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Tuesday, 19 May 1942

Mr PATERSON - But it did not expect the States to supplement Commonwealth payments.

Mr SPENDER - For the first time, the Commonwealth is entering a field of social legislation, apparently, with the intention that the States shall concurrently engage in. supplementary legislation in respect of that particular matter. It is amazing that this committee should be considering widows' pensions at a time when a State legislature also is considering them. My simple approach to the matter is that, if the amount provided in the bill is not what should properly be paid to a widow out of public funds, it should be increased. If, in the view of the Government, it is sufficient, there is no justification for supplementary legislation by any State.

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