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Thursday, 22 October 1931

Mr JAMES - Is the Treasurer aware that the Financial Emergency Act is inflicting hardship upon a considerable number of people, including dependants of ex-soldiers? In many instances the reduction in pension payments exceeds 50 per cent. This morning I received a letter from a lady in East Maitland informing me that she is 78 years of age, and that her pension payment of £310s. per fortnight has been reduced to 25s. per fortnight. Is it the intention of the Government

Mr PARKER MOLONEY (HUME, NEW SOUTH WALES) Mr. Parker Moloney interjecting -

Mr JAMES - Every time that an honorable member sitting in this corner rises to address a question to Ministers, the Minister for Markets interjects and becomes disorderly. It would be much better if he would hold his damned tongue. Ho is always acting in a disorderly manner, and is not called to order by the Chair.

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