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Thursday, 21 May 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) ('Minister for External Affairs) [4.40]. - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

It has been the practice to introduce a bill of this character, from time to time, to make a formal appropriation of £10,000,000 for the payment of war pensions at the rates determined by Parliament, and no alteration of these rates is sought to be made under this measure. This is a formal measure to finable the payments to be met, as they fall due. At present approximately £2,000,000 is available from the previous appropriation, but this amount will be entirely exhausted in the payment of war pensions before Parliament re-assembles after the coming recess. It is, therefore, necessary to obtain authority for the appropriation of a further amount so that payments of war pensions may be regularly met.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Bill read a second time and reported from committee without amendment or debate ; report adopted.

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