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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator BROWN (Queensland) . - I support the Leader of the Opposition (Senator Collings). The only question i.s whether it is right or wrong .to continue the pensions to the children. If it is right to pay the money to the widow, why penalize the children for their mother's re-marriage? Why not carry the amendment ?

Senator Hardy - Why did not the Labour party press the amendment in the House of Representatives?

Senator BROWN - Mr. Holloway, who raised the point in another place, told me that he thought the amendment should be pressed in the Senate, because in his opinion the children should not be penalized. We are asked to accept the assurance of the Minister, that the subject is receiving the consideration of Cabinet; but as certain Ministers and members will be going on a jaunt to attend the coronation celebrations, the date on which Parliament will reassemble is indefinite. The amendment moved by the Leader of the Opposition provides that if a soldier's widow re-marries, the pension of the children shall continue, and I intend to support it.

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