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Friday, 24 August 1923

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Treasurer) . - This clause relates to persons who were inmates of benevolent asylums before the Act came into operation, and it makes them eligible to receive an allowance of 3s. a week. But it excludes the mental cases, to whom the payment would be of no use. The clause is really a liberalization of the law, inasmuch as it gives to inmates of benevolent asylums something which they had not before.

Mr Coleman - The amendment is not restricting the meaning of the words " benevolent asylum " ?

Dr EARLE PAGE - No. Clause agreed to. Progress reported.

Message recommending an appropriation for the purposes of an amendment to provide for certain persons afflicted with congenital defects - reported.

Mr Scullin - Can the honorable member for Barton propose to include in the Message an amendment to cover certain other cases?

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