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Tuesday, 29 May 1928

Mr MAKIN - The following paragraph appeared in the Melbourne Herald of the 25th May :-

Claiming that £700,000 spent yearly by- the Federal Government in baby bonuses was wasted, Mrs. Morris (South Australia) told the interstate conference of the Australian Women's National League yesterday that reforms were needed urgently. The allowance was demoralizing the people, she said. It waa never paid when it was most needed, so that it was ineffective in decreasing maternal mortality. It had no effect on the birth rate. The conference decided that the Commonwealth Government' be requested to re-consider the form in which the maternity allowance is spent, with a view of securing better national results.

Has the Government any intention of amending the present system of maternity grants?

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