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Wednesday, 19 May 1920

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) .- I understand that under the Pensions Act two women sometimes make claims as the widows of a soldier, and I believe that in some cases two pensions are being paid in regard to the onesoldier. My desire is that the war gratuity shall in every case of this kind go to the first, or rightful, wife. I presume that the prescribed authority will give the rightful wife preference over every other applicant. I havehad great trouble in somecases of this kind in regard to pensions, and I want the rights of the first, or legal, wife to prevail.

Mr Hughes - I think they should do so.

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