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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1348

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- I wish to move -

That in the definition of " deserted wife ", after the word " months " the following words be added: - "or whose husband has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than three months ".

The CHAIRMAN - As the amendment would increase the amount of the appropriation it is not in order, unless moved by the Minister.

Mr Calwell - Would it necessarily increase the appropriation? At this stage everything is based on conjecture, and no one knows how much mona' will be appropriated.

The CHAIRMAN - There could be no purpose in moving the amendment if it would not increase. the appropriation. In the opinion of the Chair, the amendment would increase the appropriation, and therefore it is not competent for the honorable member to move it.

Mr Calwell - Could .1 move it, Mr. Chairman, and thereby throw on the Minister the responsibility for not accepting it?

The CHAIRMAN - The Chair is not prepared to put the amendment to .the committee. I rule that it is out of order.

Amendment (by Mr. Holloway) proposed -

That in the definition of " widow ", paragraph (c) be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the following paragraph: - " (o) a woman whose marriage has been dissolved and who has not remarried; and".

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