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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 1552


Senator CAVANAGH asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Social Services, upon notice: (1)Under section 22 (d) of the Social Services Act, what meaning is given to the words 'during that period'.

(2)   Under this section, why is failure to maintain a wife not a bar to a pension if the failure was with just cause, while failure to maintain a child under 16 years is a bar whether there was just cause or not.

(3)   Is there a bar to a pension in the case of a wife, if she has deserted any of her children under the age of 16 years whether or not there was just cause.


Senator GREENWOOD (VictoriaAttorneyGeneral) The Minister for Social Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   In the context of the section the words during that period' are interpreted as referring to a period of 6 months.

(2)   This section was included in the Act introduced in 1947 by the then Government and has not been amended since that time.

(3)   Under paragraph (e) of section 22 an age pension cannot be granted to a wife if she has deserted any of her children under the age of 16 years and the desertion has continued during the period of 6 months immediately preceding the date of lodgement of her claim for a pension.







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