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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr HAYLEN (Parkes) .- This bill has been perused by the Opposition. It contains the same provisions as the Repatriation Bill which has just been debated. The Opposition has no objection to the bill, and that will enable it to be passed through all stages with facility. Before that is done, however, I should like to mention a reference that was made in the Minister's secondreading speech to the definitions of " child ", " wife " and " widow ". In the schedule of pensions for seamen the definition, as the Minister has explained, has been changed to provide pensions for wives who married seamen after they had been incapacitated by war injuries and allowances for children born after that date. The previous anomalous position has been corrected, and the bill is now in conformity with general repatriation standards. The pension rates appeal to be similar to others that have been fixed by the Repatriation Act, and therefore the bill has the approval of the Opposition.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

Bill - by leave - read a third time.

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