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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator AYLETT (Tasmania) . - Under this clause a woman under the age of 50 years, and without children, could not in any circumstances receive the pension. I point out that between the ages of 40 years and 50 years many women pass through a stage of life when they are much more in need of a pension than they would be at the age of 50 years or over. I ask whether the Minister would be prepared to grant discretionary powers to the Commissioner or to a Deputy Commissioner to meet such cases 1 The majority of women would be in a better position to earn an income when over 50 years of age than when they were between the ages of 40 and 50 years.







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