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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 50

Mr BARNARD (Bass) (Minister for Defence, Minister for the Navy, Minister for the Army, Minister for Air and Minister for Supply) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

This Bill amends the principal Act torecognise for pension and other purposes the same classes of de facto wives and widows and exnuptial children as are recognised by the amendments to the Repatriation Act contained in the Repatriation Bill 1973. The Bill provides for the payment of war pension to student children over the age of 21 years.

The principal Act is amended also to incorporate a provision enabling payment of pensions and other amounts unpaid at the date of death of the claimant. The opportunity has been taken to delete definitions identical with those of the Repatriation Act and to provide that these terms shall have the same meaning as in the Repatriation Act. I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Bonnett) adjourned.

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