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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator COLLINGS (Queensland) . - I have not the slightest intention of withdrawing my amendment. I cannot accept the explanation offered by the Minister. Proposed new section 45an reads -

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, be continued at such rates. . . .

Therefore, a pension is paid to the children of a member of the forces. not exceeding the maximum rates 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 remarries, all such pensions shall be cancelled as from the date of the remarriage.

I have moved that the words " all such " be left out and the word " her " substituted, because I do not object to the pension of the widow who re-marries being cancelled.

Senator Hardy - Suppose her judgment is bad.

Senator COLLINGS - I am not responsible for her acts. I am not her keeper; but as an adult citizen of the Commonwealth I should do all in my power to assist children who have lost their father. The Minister said that he bad no information as to the actual cost involved, and Senator Hardy childishly suggested that the amount may not exceed £150 a year; but I believe that it will be much more than that. Paying the money into a trust account would mean introducing another bill which could not be considered during this period of the session. The amendment I have moved will have to be carried or rejected this afternoon. I do not agree with the honorable senator who said that Parliament, may not re-assemble before the coronation, but I am confident that, when we do meet, an amending repatriation bill will not be brought forward. The re-assembling of Parliament in ail probability will be merelya formal gathering to bid farewell to those invited to attend the coronation ceremonies, and consequently amending repatriation legislation will not be introduced. I intend to press my amendment, which I consider fair and. reasonable.

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