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Friday, 24 August 1923

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) .- I think the Treasurer (Dr. Earle Page) has made a mistake. If I remember aright there was nothing in the original Act dealing with this payment to patients in benevolent institutions. Why should not the Government pay the full amount to the old folks ? One old man I know always spends 6d. of his allowance on lollies for his little grandchildren. We would not like our mothers or fathers to be in such a humiliating position as many of these old people are in our public institutions. I ask the Treasurer to push this matter on, and do what is right by these old folk. They have not many years to live in any case, so the amount involved cannot be great. It is only just that we should, if possible, give them a little more comfort in their remaining years. Sitting suspended from 6.33 to 8 p.m.

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