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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

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

That, after clause 21, the following new clause be inserted - "21a. If a successful claimant of a pension is an inmate of a benevolent asylum, or if a pensioner becomes an inmate of a "benevolent asylum, she shall not, so long as she remains an inmate of such an asylum, be entitled to receive a pension at the maximum rate but shall, subject to this act, be entitled to receive a pension at a rate determined in accordance with this act, but not in any case exceeding twenty-two pounds two shillings per annum.".

The purpose of this new clause is to bring the payment of widows' pensions into line with the payment of invalid and old-age pensions in the cases of persons who become inmates of benevolent asylums. When an old-age or invalid pensioner is admitted to such an institution his pension is reduced to 8s. 6d. a week and the balance of the pension is paid to the institution towards the cost of his maintenance. It is proposed to follow the same principle in regard to widows' pensions.

New clause agreed to.

Clauses 22 to 24 agreed to.

Clause 25 (Allowances to certain widows).

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