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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr MAXWELL (Fawkner) .- When I discussed this matter with the Treasurer, I suggested that the residential qualification should be twenty years. That was in accord with the representations made to me. The Minister said he would consent to the amendment if the term were made twenty-five years. While I do not want to go back on any arrangement that has been made, I would be more than glad if he could see his way clear to reduce the period to twenty years.

Dr. EARLEPAGE (Cowper- Treasurer [9-0]. - The appropriation has been brought down on the basis which the honorable member for Fawkner had accepted. The payments will not be based on the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act, but on another basis, and it is necessary to take precautions to prevent invalids from entering Australia.

Mr Coleman - The Immigration Restriction Act provides that safeguard.

Dr EARLE PAGE - Unfortunately, as experience has shown, the medical examination in certain cases seems to be somewhat lax.

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - Then "sack" the men who are to blame.

Dr EARLE PAGE - In the circumstances, I ask the Committee to accept the Government's proposal.

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