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Tuesday, 19 May 1942


Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Social Services and Minister for Health) . - I shall accept the amendment. I do not like the paragraph myself. In the history of federation there has never been a case of a prosecution under such a provision as is contained in this clause and I hope that there never will be.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clauses 47 to 50 agreed to.

New clause 33a.

Motion (by Mr. Holloway) agreed to -

That after clause 33 the following new clause be inserted: - "33a. - (1.) The maximum rate of pension per annum and the rate of allowance per week shall be reviewed in each quarter (commencing with the quarter ending on the thirtieth day of September, One thousand nine hundred and forty-two) by the Commissioner, who shall then determine the maximum rate of pension and the rate of allowance which shall apply from and including the due date of the first instalment of pension or allowance in the next succeeding quarter, in accordance with the following provisions of this section. " (2.) If the price index number exceeds 1053 the maximum rate of pension per annum specified in paragraph (a-) or (b) of subsection (1.) of section fifteen of this act shall be increased by One pound six shillings, and the rate of allowance per week specified in section twenty-five of this act shall be increased by Sixpence, for every twenty-one units by which the price index number exceeds 1053. " (3.) If at any time the price index number exceeds 1053 by not less than twenty-one units and subsequently falls, the maximum rate of pension per annum, and the rate of allowance per week, shall, where necessary, be reduced to accord with the maximum rate of pension per annum and the rate of allowance per week determined in accordance with the last preceding sub-section. " (4.) The maximum rate of pension per annum shall not in any event be reduced to less than the rate specified in paragraph (a.) or (6) of sub-section (1.) of section fifteen of this Act, and the rate of allowance per week shall not in any event be reduced to less than the rate specified in section twenty-five of this act. " (5.) For the purposes of this section - (a.) the expression ' price index number ' means the weighted average retail price index number for all items of household expenditure ('C' Series) for the six capital cities of the States as ascertained by the Commonwealth Statistician for the quarter immediately preceding the quarter in which the maximum rate of pension per annum, or the rate of allowance per week, is reviewed, based upon the average price index number for the calendar years One thousand nine hundred and twentythree to One thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven, inclusive, being expressed as one thousand units: and

(b   ) the expression ' quarter ' means the period of three months ending on the thirty-first day of March, the thirtieth day of June, the thirtieth day of September or the thirty-first day of December.".

Title agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report - by leave - adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.







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