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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - Senator Hardy must realize that, at this stage, it is utterly impossible for the officers of the department to supply the information he requires. We are reenacting a portion of the existing law, and widening its scope in respect of posthumous pensioners. In these circumstances, I ask the honorable senator not to press the amendment, because it will be necessary for the officers to conduct an extensive research to enable them to inform the Minister who proposes to bring the matter before Cabinet. The Government has introduced this legislation to restore certain rights and privileges, and even to enlarge them, and in these circumstances, I trust that the Leader of the Opposition will accept the assurance I have given to the committee.

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