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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator LAMP (Tasmania) .- I renew my appeal on behalf of the wife of a man who is in a sanatorium. The bill makes provision for a deserted wife, although generally a wife is not deserted without cause. She may be a drunkard, yet she would be entitled to a pension. The bill also provides for a pension being granted to a woman whose marriage has been dissolved and who has not remarried. The dissolution of her marriage may have followed evidence that she was an adulteress, yet she would get a pension. The wife of a man who is sufficiently ill to be an inmate of a sanatorium or similar institution and is therefore unable to provide for his family should be entitled to a pension. I assure the Minister that 1 shall not. allow this matter .to drop. I know of a man who will never work again because he has a broken back and is a patient in an institution. His wife is more deserving of consideration than is a woman who has been deserted because of adultery, or one who lias been divorced for the same reason.







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