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Thursday, 14 May 1942

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill is designed to liberalize the Child Endowment Act which, during the past ten months, has conferred benefits upon approximately 1,000,000 children in some 500,000 homes. Notwithstanding the fact that the provisions of the principal act have won practically universal commendation, the Government has discovered some deficiencies and inequalities which it is now desired to remedy. The general observations I made in my second-reading speech on the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Bill are applicable to this measure. The more important features of the bill include the payment of endowment to inmates of State institutions, and in cases where children have been maintained on moneys forming the estate of a deceased person. In addition, an effort has been made to provide for children of families who have become separated for any reason: An amendment to permit the expenditure of child endowment in respect of aborigines in such a manner that the utmost benefit willbe obtained from the grant has also been effected.

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