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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1354

Mr RYAN (Flinders) .- What would happen in the case of a widow who had been maintaining children until she had reached the age of 40 years or 45 years, and whose last child had passed the age of sixteen years? Would she be suddenly thrown on the world without a pension ? This provision would operate harshly in respect of widows who had spent the greater part of their lives in raising families and were suddenly cut off from all financial help. I suggest for the consideration of the Minister that some thought should be given to helping women in this category. They might be granted a period of, say, six months, in which to seek employment, before the pension is taken from them, or discretionary power might be given to the Commissioner to continue the payment of the pension in certain cases in which it appears that there is reasonable ground for doing so. I hope that the anomaly will be corrected.

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