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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - While accepting the Minister's explanation that the Government cannot commit itself to further financial liability under this measure, I still claim that something should be done for the widows of soldiers who already have died from pulmonary tuberculosis. I therefore move -

That at the end of proposed new section 45 ad the following paragraph be added: -

(a)   in the case of a widow of a deceased member whose death was due to pulmonary tuberculosis.

The amount involved in meeting these claims would not be so serious that this great and rich country could not afford to pay it. While we are making the splendid gesture, which this bill certainly represents, we could easily make a complete job of it and do as I suggest. As I indicated by interjection it seems very hard that this class of widow is not to be paid a pension under this measure. I can see no reason why the Government should not accept my amendment. I feel sure that it has the sympathy of all honorable senators.

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