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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - The proposed new sub-section 3a merely empowers the commission to disregard entirely the fact that an applicant was in receipt of an invalid pension prior to his death. At the present time it is not able to do so and it is for the purpose of enabling it to do so in future that this sub-section has been introduced. The commission may disregard that fact; in this respect it has a clean sheet upon which to work. Whatever disability attaches to the fact that a person was in receipt of an invalid or old-age pension, it is not to be used now as a reason by the commission for refusing the pension.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 7 to 9 agreed to.

Clause 10 -

Section forty-five AN of the principal act is repealed and the following section inserted in its stead: - "45an. Upon the death of a member of the forces the service pension previously payable, or granted subsequent to his death, to the wife and children of the member may, subject to this act, he continued at such rates, not exceeding the maximum rate payable under this act to the wife or children as the case may be, as the commission or a board determines, but, if the wife re-marries, all such pensions shall be cancelled as from the date of the re-marriage."

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