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Friday, 24 August 1923


Mr GREGORY (Swan) .- I am gratified to notice that the amount which may be earned by the pensioner has been, increased from £26 to £32 10s. I would have welcomed a greater liberalization of this provision. Every effort should be made to encourage the old-age pensioners to earn a little money. I know of many of them, who, as caretakers or in other light employment, could easily earn from 10s. to £1 per week. The Department is too strict in this matter, and when it finds that a man is earning a few shillings it immediately penalizes him in respect of his pension. .The pensioners should be encouraged as far as possible to earn money over and above their pension, and so increase their comfort, and preserve their self-respect.







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