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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr COLEMAN (Reid) .- I think the Government could well have increased the allowance provided by this clause to 4s.

Dr Earle Page - This is what was asked for by the pensioner inmates in the institutions.

Mr COLEMAN - I represent 2,200 inmates of institutions at Lidcombe and Newington, and they certainly have not indicated to me that they would be satisfied with an extra ls. They are entitled to the full amount of the pension. Up to the present, pensioners who are inmates of institutions have received 2s. per week, and I understand that the Commonwealth Government has been allowing 10s. 6d. to the States for the maintenance of these inmates, and retaining 2s. 6d., which means that the Commonwealth has been making a good profit out of them ever since the pension was increased to 15s. Many persons voluntarily enter these institutions, and their liberty, is somewhat restricted. In the circumstances, they should be given the means to make themselves as comfortable as possible. Three shillings a week is not sufficient to . buy comforts which invalid and aged persons need. I move -

That the word "three" 'be deleted with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " four ".

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