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Wednesday, 2 December 1936


Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- The Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings) has raised a good point. The assurance that the Minister will consider it, does not go far enough. If the Minister decides against it, we shall be powerless to do anything. More information should have been given.


Senator Sir George Pearce - What the honorable senator suggests has not been the experience of the past, because this very bill is the result of representations made to the Government.


Senator LECKIE - The Minister promised merely consideration, not favor able consideration, Although this point has been raised -suddenly, the reform appears to be feasible. If we had the actual figures, we could see how much it would cost the community.


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - We cannot give the figures because the existing law provides that the children's pensions shall stop, and this bill simply remodels the law.


Senator LECKIE - Then the department has no idea of the amount involved?


Senator Sir George Pearce - No; it wants time to find out.


Senator LECKIE - I do not like voting against the Government on this issue, but, on the face of it, the amendment seems so reasonable that the Government should give way. It is not just to penalize the children because the mother re-marries. She may marry a worthless man who will " collar " their little pension as an adjunct to his income, and then neglect them. The Government might go a little further, and meet the wishes of the Leader of the Opposition.







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