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Wednesday, 23 May 1973
Page: 2529

Mr HAYDEN (Oxley) (Minister for Social Security) - I move:

Omit the clause, insert the following clause: 2.(1) Sections 1, 2, 17 and 18 shall come into operation on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

(2)   The remaining sections of this Act shall come into operation on 3 July, 1973.'.

The effect of this amendment and of other amendments I will move in the Committee stage of the debate on this Bill and the other 2 Bills which were debated cognately with this Bill at the second reading stage will be merely to alter the date of commencement of the Bill so that the provisions relating to the new supporting mothers benefit and those relating to the children of widowed pensioners will become operative on 3 July, which is the first widows pension pay day after 1 July, the date on which the Bill was originally intended to operate. The amendment has been made possible by the courtesy of the Opposition in promising to allow the Bill to pass through all its stages during the current sitting. I thank the Opposition.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 3 agreed to.

Proposed new clause 3a.

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