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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator AMOUR (New South Wales) . - Senator Leckie has contended that by allowing widows who qualify for a pension to earn an income of £32 a year, the Government does not want to encourage widows to work. At the same time, he argues that if we allow widows to earn £52 a year we shall be encouraging them to work. I have yet to learn that it is the policy of the Labour party to encourage women to work for £1 a week. Any widow who is able to care for her children properly will not worry about the pension. She can readily find work in war industries, and earn a substantial wage. However, if she has no opportunity, or is incapable of earning a substantial wage, the pension plus the permissible additional income will enable her at least to look after her children. That is what we wish to do. We do not want widows to be exploited by allowing them to work for £1 a week.

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