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Thursday, 19 December 1912


Senator MILLEN (New South Wales) . - I think the statement made by Senator McDougall is entitled to more than passing notice, because it represents a very strong indictment against the administration of the Act. I quite agree with the view put by the honorable senator, and I should like to know who is to determine the capacity of invalids to earn money. We should like to know what standard is to be set up. One blind person may be living near an institution such as has been referred to, and may be able to obtain profitable work, whereas another blind person equally willing to work may not be so fortunately situated, and may be a much more fitting subject for sympathetic treatment under the Act. I am afraid considerable difficulty will be experienced in administering these provisions, and I would like to know whether any rules or regulations are in contemplation.


Senator McGregor -There are rules under the Act which are sympathetically administered.


Senator MILLEN -Unless some proper system is followed, I can conceive of grave injustice being done.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses10 to 12 agreed to.

Clause13 (Summary punishment).







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