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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - It is obvious that proposed section 45ao covers the instance mentioned by Senator Hardy, because it provides for the immediate suspension of any service pension when a pensioner becomes an inmate of an asylum. I refer Senator Hardy to proposed new section 45 ae, subsection 3-

A pension under this section shall not be granted to the wife or child of a member of the forces unless a pension under this division is payable to or in respect of that member :

Provided that for the purposes of this subsection a pension shall be deemed to be payable to a member during any period during which -

(a)   the pension is suspended under section 45ao of this act; or

(b)   the member is by reason only of his failure to comply with the requirements of section 45ap of this act, ineligible by virtue of that section to receive a pension.

The effect of that provision, I consider, is that the dependants will receive their pensions while the soldier is in the asylum, although the pension of the man himself is held in suspense.

Senator Hardy - That is what we want.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 25 agreed to.

Clause 26-

After section fifty-seven oF the principal act the following section is inserted: - " 57a. The Commission may require any person, whom it believes to he in a position to do so, to furnish to the Commission a confidential report as to the circumstances or the financial transactions of any pensioner or applicant for a pension, or for assistance and benefits, under this Act, or of any relatives of any such pensioner or applicant; and any person who, on being required to do so by the Commission, fails, without just cause (proof whereof shall lie upon that person) to furnish a. report within a reasonable time, or furnishes a report containing any statement which is untrue in any particular, shall be guilty of an offence ".

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