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Tuesday, 19 May 1942


Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Social Services and Minister for Health) . - I understand what the honorable member is endeavouring to ensure. The clause is intended to achieve the object that he desires. In order to overcome certain difficulties, and to meet complicated situations such as the birth of a child or the death of a husband, which may mean that the mother or the widow may not be in a fit state of mind to make application quickly enough, the Commissioner is to be given the power to antedate for a period of three months. I shall accept the amendment.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 19 (Payment of pensions).

Mr. CALWELL(Melbourne [10.3].- Sub-clause 2 provides that a pension shall be paid in such manner as is prescribed. I should like the Minister to say whether it is intended that, under the regulations to be issued under this section, a pension may be paid to the credit of a pensioner's Savings Bank account if the recipient so desires?


Mr Holloway - Yes.


Mr CALWELL - So far as I know, that is not done in connexion with invalid and old-age pensions.


Mr Holloway - It has been the practice in relation to child endowment payments, and the Government wishes to encourage it in connexion with this proposal.


Mr CALWELL - I am glad to hear that.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 20 agreed to.

Clause 21 (Pension to cease in certain circumstances).







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