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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1348

Sir FREDERICK STEWART (Parramatta) . - With the general purpose of the amendment I am in agreement, but in my opinion a proviso should be added in order to vest in the Commissioner the right to disallow pensions in cases in which a claimant is obviously unworthy. I do not suggest that every guilty party to divorce proceedings is unworthy of social benefits, but it needs little imagination to visualize a person who is entirely undeserving of a pension.

Mr Blackburn - Does not paragraph b of sub-clause 1 of clause 14 meet that position?

The CHAIRMAN - This is a matter which could more appropriately be discussed when clause 14 is before the committee.

Sir FREDERICK STEWART - I shall reserve my remarks until a later stage.

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