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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator AYLETT (Tasmania) . - I fail to see how my suggestion that widows in receipt of pensions be allowed to earn £52 a year will increase the appropriation under this measure, because any additional income earned by widows would be altogether apart from the pension. I agree with the view that wherever possible widows should be encouraged to remain at home in order to look after their children properly. However, in some cases, a widow may be in receipt of an income of £1 a week without going out to work. Under this clause the rate of pension in such cases will be reduced by the difference between 12s. 6d. and £1. I can see no reason why widows with an income of £1 should suffer a reduction of their pension. Surely, we cannot expect any widow on an income of 25s. a week, plus an additional income of £12 a year, to rear a child properly.

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