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Wednesday, 1 September 1937

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster.General) . - I move-

That the bill bc now read a second time.

The bill has two objects. First. it is designed to increase the maximum rate of service pension by ls. a week in harmony with the increase of the invalid and old-age pension. An unmarried man will now receive 20s. a week, whilst a married man and his wife will each receive 17s. a week, and those in institutions - except pulmonary tubercular sufferers who receive a higher rate - will have 7s. a week instead of 6s. It is calculated that more than 8,000 cases will benefit to the extent of approximately £21,000 during the ensuing twelve months. Secondly, it is proposed to amend the existing law so that if a widow in receipt of a service pension re-marries, her own service pension only will be cancelled; those being paid to her children will continue to the age of sixteen years as in the case of a war pension.

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