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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 3215

Senator WOOD (Queensland) -I have spoken earlier in the afternoon on this Bill. There is no question that clause 16 does not find favour with people who have the responsibility and the cost of educating children. One of the aspects I do not think the Government has taken into consideration is that the $400 allowance today, with inflation the way it is, is not worth as much as it was a few years ago. It is wrong to suggest that it should be reduced to $150 in view of the inflationary trend of the last couple of years. I suggest that an allowance of $150 does not have the true worth of that amount a few years ago. I believe that people on this side of the House do not support me in this attitude so I have decided to oppose clause 16 myself. I strongly oppose it because I think the reduction in the allowance is a backward movement on the Government's part. I know that there was considerable dissention and opposition to this clause in the Government's ranks. In those circumstances I oppose the clause. If anybody is prepared to support me I shall call for a division.

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