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Tuesday, 19 May 1942
Page: 1358

Mr FALSTEIN (Watson) .- The amendment means that a widow who hitherto received a pension from the Government of New South Wales or Victoria would be disqualified from receiving a pension from the Commonwealth.

Mr Spender - No, but she could not have both.

Mr FALSTEIN - A widow who has no income but a widow's pension would be debarred from obtaining from any other source, such as a State government, an amount in excess of £32 10s. a year. As the position is now, a widow in New South Wales or Victoria would be able to receive at least 12s. 6d. a week from the State Government. Before this legislation was introduced into this Parliament, no pensions were paid to widows outside New South Wales and Victoria, so' that persons who now benefit from the legislation of those States will be in no worse position, relatively, than the persons who will benefit by the addition of this pension to the amount of 12s. 6d. a week. As the bill stands, without the amendment, widows in New South Wales and Victoria will be entitled to receive from the State Government an amountequal to 12s. 6d. a week. I believe that they should be allowed, to have that money. I do not agree that 25s. a week, or even 37s. 6d. a week, is an adequate payment to them.

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