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Thursday, 26 August 1920

Mr CORSER asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that in cases where old-age pensioners become patients in the hospitals their pensions cease temporarily?

2.   Is it a fact that twenty-eight days after the pensioners' admission, the hospital authorities can claim1s. 6d. per day for their maintenance for the balance of their stay?

3.   Is it a fact that many hospital committees find a great difficulty in providing the necessary means for the upkeep of their institutions?

4.   Under such circumstances, will he cause the full amount of the old-age pension to be made available to the treasurers of the hospitals from the date of the entry of the pensioner to the hospital?

Sir JOSEPH COOK (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Treasurer) - I am considering this matter in connexion with questions submitted to me by the honorable member for Lilley (Mr. Mackay) on Friday last.

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