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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr ERWIN (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - During the discussions that take place when the Budget is being framed will the Minister for Social Services raise the matter of increasing the present deduction from the income of widows in respect of dependent children from 10s. a week to 20s. a week? I am informed that such a concession, which would be of immense value to widows, could be achieved at a relatively moderate cost to the Government. I am aware that if this concession were granted it would have to be extended to the invalid pension field, but again the drain on revenue would be infinitesimal.

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