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Friday, 24 August 1923


Mr COLEMAN (Reid) .- I hope the Treasurer will agree to increase the property value from the proposed £400 to £500. Anomalies in this connexion arise under the operation of the Act. A pensioner can live in his own house irrespective of its value, and continue to draw his pension ; but should circumstances render it necessary for him to vacate his home and live elsewhere, and its value exceeds the maximum amount provided for in the Act, he forfeits his pension. I have a case in mind of a resident of Guildford in my electorate. It is that of an old lady who was living in a property that was condemned by the health authorities. She was unable to effect the necessary repairs, having no money, and had to vacate the premises, which were demolished, and as the valuation of the residual exceeded £310 she forfeited her pension. There are a great many similar cases. The request which has been made is a reasonable one, and I propose to move -

That the word " Four " be omitted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " Five."

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN.It will save time if I point out that the honorable member would not be in order in moving such an amendment, as its effect would be to increase the appropriation, and that would require a new message from the Governor-General. The Bill is based upon a message from the. Governor-General recommending the necessary appropriation, and no alteration increasing the appropriation can be ^ made without the Governor-General's consent.







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