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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr ROSEVEAR (Dalley) .- 1 cannot understand the contention of the right honorable member for North Sydney (Mr. Hughes) that this clause introduces a new principle. It is impossible to lay down a hard-and-fast rule to govern the payment of pensions to native races. The amendment clearly provides that if an aboriginal or halfcaste lives under civilized conditions, either as a private citizen or under proper supervision, he is eligible to receive a pension. Obviously, some discretion must be allowed for the purpose of determining the difference between those who live a normal, civilized life and those who are nomads.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 5 to 8 agreed to.

Clause 9 (Limit of pension) .

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