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Thursday, 22 May 1930

Senator MCLACHLAN (South Australia) . - The Minister's suggestion is a good one. If it is the desire of honorable senators to limit the amount for which a wife may insure her husband, I am willing to give effect to it; but that is all that I can do. I submit that we cannot interfere with the contractual laws of the States. It might be possible to achieve our purpose by adding to subclause 2 the words " to the extent of £100 ". The sub-clause would then read -

The protection of the last preceding section shall extend to any such policy bona fide effected by a married woman to the extent of £100.

Senator Daly - If she insured her husband's life without his consent, would she be liable to conviction?

Senator MCLACHLAN - She would lose the protection given her by clause 80.

Senator Daly - The honorable senator's proviso would not prevent a. company from suing her for unpaid premiums.

Senator MCLACHLAN - That is so.

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