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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator LAMP (Tasmania) .-- The clause provides that an allowance shall not be granted to a widow - (<£) if she is an aboriginal native of Africa, the islands of the Pacific, or New Zealand.

In Australia a number of men have wives of Maori birth and I consider that these women in the event of their becoming widows should not be excluded from the benefits of this legislation. In New Zealand the Maoris have representation in Parliament and are on equality in every respect with other citizens. Will the Minister take steps to have the words " New Zealand " in the paragraph omitted so that Maori women in Australia will be entitled to the pension?

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