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Friday, 9 October 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [ 10.8]. - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

Representations have been made to the Government with a view to assisting the widow of the late Mr. William James Mc Williams. As honorable senators will recall, the late Mr. Mc Williams was ' a member of the Tasmanian Parliament for six years, and of the Commonwealth

Parliament, as the honorable member for Franklin for twenty years. Inquiries have disclosed that Mrs. McWiliiams is in necessitous circumstances, and the Government considers that the Parliament should be asked to grant to her some measure of assistance. The deceased gentleman played a prominent part in the public life of Australia, and in view of the circumstances in which his widow is placed, it is fitting that some provision should be made for her.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and reported from committee without amendment or debate.

Standing and Sessional Orders suspended; report adopted.

Bill read a third time.

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