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Tuesday, 2 June 1942

Mr HOLLOWAY (Melbourne PortsMinister for Health and Social Services) . - I move-

That the amendments be agreed to.

The purpose of the first amendment is to give effect to a suggestion by the honorable member for Dalley (Mr. Rosevear) that payment of a widow's pension should cake effect from the first pay day after her claim was lodged.

The proposed new clause will bring the payment of widows' pensions into line with the payment of invalid and old-age pensions in respect of persons who become inmates of benevolent asylums. When an invalid or old-age pensioner is admitted to such an institution, his pension is reduced to Ss. 6d. a week, and the balance is paid to the institution towards the cost of his maintenance.

The proposed new clause adopts a similar principle regarding widows' pensions.

Sir Frederick Stewart - Did not the original bill which the Minister introduced make that provision?

Mr HOLLOWAY - No. The purpose of the second amendment is to give to the widow who is granted an allowance under Part IV of the act the same benefit as that granted in a similar amendment under clause IS to a widow who receives an allowance under Part III. of the act.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported ; report adopted.

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