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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - This clause seeks to repeal section 45q of the principal act and to substitute other provisions for it. The existing law provides that the decision of the Assessment Repeal Tribunal shall be binding for six months only, but with a view to reducing the number of appeals, the Government has decided to extend the period to not exceeding three years, as specified by the tribunal when giving its decision. At the same time, sub-section 2 of proposed section 45q gives to the appellant the right to approach the Assessment Appeal Tribunal if, during the currency of its decision, the commission decides that his condition has not retrogressed.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 23 agreed to.

Clause 24 -

After Division 4 of Part III. of the principal act, the following division and sections are inserted in Part III.:- -

Division5. - Service Pensions. 45ad. Subject to this act the commission or a board may grant a service pension not exceeding thirty-six shillings per Fortnight to a member of the forces who served in a theatre of war, and who -

(a)   in the case of a man - has reached the age of 60 years;

(b   ) in the case of a woman - has reached the age of 55 years;

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