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Wednesday, 5 May 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (Illawarra) -521. - I should like to interest the Acting Treasurer in a section of aged people who are harshly treated under the present provisions of the Act. Persons who enter benevolent institutions as oldage pensioners are allowed 2s. per week for pocket money. If they enter the institution before they apply for the pension, this allowance is not made 'to them, and the only way in which they can get it is by leaving the institution, figh't-ing starvation during the time occupied by the Department in considering their application, and then, when the pension is granted, returning to the institution. I am quite sure that the administration does not desire to subject these people to this suffering without reason; but I have been unable to discover any justification for the present regulation. If there is a way in which the aged in the institutions can get the benefit of this small allowance without leaving the institution in order to make their applications, provision ought to be made for them.

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