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Wednesday, 2 December 1936


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The existing act provides that, if the wife re-marries, her pension and the pensions of the children shall be cancelled as from the date of the re-marriage; that is the law already. This matter was debated at considerable length ' in the House of Representatives, and the Minister there promised Mr. Holloway to give it consideration. I give the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) the assurance that, if he will withdraw the amendment, the matter will be considered. In fact, it is now receiving the Minister's attention. There are a number of difficulties in the way of making the amendment. For instance, a man might marry a soldier's widow simply because the children were receiving pensions. The money might be an inducement to an unscrupulous person. In such cases the children would be in a worse position than if the mother remained a widow. I read the report of the debate in which Mr. Holloway raised this very point, and I can assure the committee that the Minister promised to reconsider the position, and submit the matter to Cabinet. As it is desirable to pass this legislation speedily, I ask the Leader of the Opposition not to press the amendment.







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