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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr LAZZARINI (Werriwa) .- I have a case very similar to the one mentioned by the honorable member for Barton (Mr. F. McDonald). An old lady bought a piece of land in a town some distance from the house in which she was living. She sold that home, and intended to make arrangements to build on the block of land. She was not able to get a builder immediately, so she put in the bank the proceeds of the . sale of her old home, which were to be spent in erecting the new one. All the time that money was in the bank her pension was practically stopped. Relief should be given in such a case as that, because, while the lady was waiting to secure a builder to put up her home, she had to live on the money with which she purposed to build. Eventually she got a contractor to undertake the work, but she had to borrow money to finance the contract. I understand that the amendment by the honorable member for Barton (Mr. F. McDonald) would meet that case. When a pensioner can satisfy the Commissioner that the money realized on the sale of one home is to be used for the purpose of building another, I think the pension rights should not be affected.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported and adopted.

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