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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1554

Senator GRIMES (Minister for Social Security) —Mr President, I claim to have been misrepresented.

The PRESIDENT —The Minister may proceed.

Senator GRIMES —Senator Teague in his remarks said that today for the first time I had made a statement saying that pensioners' homes would not be entered in the application of the assets test, nor would there be knocks on pensioners' doors. Repeatedly in Question Time and during debate on the assets test in this place I have pointed out that there is no power under the Social Security Act for officers of the Department of Social Security to enter people's homes in the assessment of the value of these assets. I have said that repeatedly--

Senator Teague —Knocking on their doors.

Senator GRIMES —I have said repeatedly that they will not be knocking on anyone' s doors. If Senator Teague says that we should accept his bona fides in making that statement publicly, which he knew damn well would frighten pensioners, that he made that statement in all honesty and in a genuine sense of I do not know what, some time I would like to hear any evidence he has to make such a statement.