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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1348

Mr CLARK (Darling) . - I again stress the necessity for inserting a provision to cover the wife of an invalid pensioner. The Minister's argument that an amendment of this character would involve an expenditure of £650,000 is, in my opinion, justification for acceptance of the amendment, as it shows that numbers of women, whose husbands are incapable through ill health of providing for them, have difficulty in maintaining adequately themselves and their families. Would I be in order in moving that the definition of " widow " shall include " a wife whose husband is totally and permanently incapacitated " ?

The CHAIRMAN - Such an amendment would not be in order unless it were moved by the Minister in charge of the bill.

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - At this stage, I cannot accept such an amendment, but I shall discuss the proposal with the Treasurer (Mr. Chifley).

Mr CLARK - In the meantime, will the Minister agree to postpone the consideration of clause 4?

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - The Government wishes to get this bill through the committee to-day, but I shall discuss with the Treasurer the possibility of introducing an amendment to give effect to the honorable member's wishes.

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