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Monday, 20 May 1957


Mr Chambers (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) s asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice -

1.   Is a child adopted formally under a State act not recognized as a child for the purpose of Commonwealth legislation, such as legislation dealing with income tax, life assurance, and the like?

2.   If so, will the Government obtain a report upon the question for submission to honorable members?

3.   Will the Government consider amending the Acts Interpretation Act so that the word " child " in Commonwealth legislation will include a child adopted formally by an order of a court of a State or Territory and who, according to the law of that State or Territory, is deemed to be the child born in lawful wedlock of the adopting parent?


Sir Arthur Fadden - In reply to the three questions the Attorney-General has advised me that the position of adopted children under the legislation referred to by the honorable member is at present receiving consideration in the departments which administer that legislation.







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