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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I am doubtful whether the words -

If the wife re-marries, all such pensions shall be cancelled . . . represent the real intention of the Government. Accordingly, I move -

That the words " all such " be left out with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " her ".

My amendment will ensure that the pension payable to the children, if any, will not cease merely because the mother re-marries. I recognize that if the widow of a soldier receiving a pension remarries, her pension should cease ; but the soldier's children should not be penalized because of the re-marriage. For example, in many instances there would be no evidence - and it would be undesirable to look for it - that the second husband could properly assume the responsibility for the maintenance of the woman and i he children. I admit the maintenance of the wife is his responsibility ; but the future of the children, so far as the pension is concerned, should not be left in doubt.

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