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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - Whilst always anxious to accept the assurances of Ministers, I feel that the promise in this case is being made by the Postmaster-General (Senator A. J. McLachlan) as deputy for somebody else.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - The assurance was given in the House of Representatives by the Minister himself.

Senator COLLINGS - If, after consideration, the Minister decides not to make the change, our opportunity to carry the amendment will have gone. The children will be deprived of their pensions because the mother, over whom they have no control, re-marries

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - But that has always been the law. Nothing is being taken away from them by this bill.

Senator COLLINGS - I want to give them something more. I do not wish to delay the business or to appear ungracious; but 1 feel inclined to press the amendment. If the present law is that the children are deprived of the pension on the re-marriage of the mother, it is contrary to what I have always understood.

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