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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator ARKINS (New South Wales) . - I agree with the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) in this matter. I know the section has been in operation for some time; but I have never agreed with it. The children should not be penalized for what the mother does. I do not think the small amount involved will attract unscrupulous persons. The pension ranges from 2s. to Ss. a child, which is a bagatelle, and as the children grow older it will gradually disappear. It is ridiculous to suggest that a man will marry a widow because her children are entitled to small pensions. He would not assume such a heavy liability in order to secure at the most a few shillings a week.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - He may regard the children's pensions as an asset.

Senator ARKINS - He cannot possibly imagine that the pension will be an asset in the case of a growing child. The section, whilst saving a few thousand, pounds to the Treasury, subjects the children to disabilities. If the Leader of the Opposition presses the amendment, I shall vote for it.

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