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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- Clause 25 goes a long way in the direction suggested by Senator Aylett. It provides that a widow resident in Australia who, at the time of the death of her husband, or de facto husband, is not maintaining a child, and is under 50 years of age, and, in the opinion of the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner, is in necessitous circumstances, may, at the discretion of the Commissioner or a Deputy Commissioner, be paid an allowance at the rate of 25s. a week for a period not longer than 26 weeks immediately after the death of the widow's husband or de facto husband. However, the suggestion made by the honorable senator will be noted, and will be referred to the responsible Minister.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 14 - (1.) A pension shall not be granted to a widow -

(f)   if she is an aboriginal native of Africa, the Islands of the Pacific, or New Zealand; or

(g)   if she is an aboriginal native of Aus tralia.







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