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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator McBRIDE (South Australia) (5:30 AM) . - I regard the Minister's explanation as unsatisfactory. In the financial years 1939-40 and 1940-41 the New South Wales Government collected £4,000,000 more in income tax than had been collected in the previous two years.

Although the Government is appealing to citizens to economize, it is prepared to accept a basis for the payment of compensation which is altogether unfair to the other States. Under the present proposal of the Government, New South Wales will get a little each way. The New South Wales widows' pension scheme made provision for the payment of a pension of £1 a week to a widow and 10s. a week for the first child. The Commonwealth pension scheme, which will operate from the 1st July next, provides a pension of 25s. a week for a widow and 5s. a week for the first child, any other children being covered by the Commonwealth child endowment scheme. The Government of New South Wales wants to subsidize the Commonwealth payment of 5s. for the first child by the payment of another 5s., making the weekly payment for a child 10s. a week. I consider that my amendment is fair and treasonable.

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