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Thursday, 25 October 1956

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - A widow without children does not qualify for a widow's pension until she attains the age of SO years. A widow with children, on the other hand, who has been receiving an A class widow's pension and whose youngest child has reached the age of sixteen years, becomes eligible, by a recent amendment of the act, to receive a B class widow's pension upon reaching the age of 45 years. A widow may have a permissible income of £3 10s. a week, or property to the value of £200. without prejudice to her pension. If and when her income exceeds £6 17s. 6d. a week she ceases to be eligible for a pension, and if and when her property exceeds £1,750 in value she likewise ceases to be eligible.

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