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Wednesday, 4 May 1932

Mr JOHN LAWSON (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - On behalf of a lady in mY electorate I applied for an invalid pension, and received the following reply from the Assistant Minister (Senator Massy Greene) : -

Claimant is forty-four years of age -and is suffering from the loss of her left leg above the knee, the result of septic arthritis of the knew in September last. It is clear that claimant is considerably handicapped as 'a result of her disability, but in view of the partial nature only of the incapacity and the recent date of the amputation she cannot be regarded as incapacitated for work within the meaning of the act. Under these circumstances it is regretted that approval cannot be given for the grant of an invalid pension.

The claimant has been obliged to work hard for her living, and if the removal of one leg above the- knee involves only partial incapacitation, will the Treasurer explain what is complete incapacitation? If this lady is not entitled to a pension will the Treasurer consider an amendment of the act to obviate similar cases of hardship.

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