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Wednesday, 2 April 1941

Senator ALLAN MacDONALD (Western Australia) . - I congratulate the Government upon bringing down this measure, but I arn looking forward to the time when a wider view will be taken of the problem of the replacement of our population. It is generally accepted that a family of two children does not adequately replace the demise of the parents. A family of three children is required to do that, and. I hope that, in the near future, child endowment payments will be ou a sliding scale, so that, in the case of the fourth, fifth and sixth children, when the family cost factor becomes heavy, the payment will be more than the 5s. provided for in this measure. My view is that, in order to encourage larger families - and some encouragement is necessary - the payments in respect of the fourth, fifth and sixth children should be in the vicinity of 6s., 7s. and 8s. respectively in preference to a flat rate. I think that we could then expect better conditions than now obtain in the larger families. T congratulate the. Government upon the introduction of the measure.

Debate (on motion by Senator KEANE adjourned.

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