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Thursday, 29 October 1931

Mr THOMPSON - Will the Minister state whether instructions have been given to the Deputy Commissioners for Pensions to the effect that invalid pensions shall not be granted to claimants unless such claimants can prove that they are both physically and mentally unfit? Is the honorable gentleman aware that a large number of claims has been rejected, in defiance of medical opinion' that the claimants are physically unfit, on the ground that, as the applicants are mentally fit, they are able to earn their own living? Will the Treasurer make investigations, and, if he considers it necessary to do so, appoint some competent person or tribunal to inquire into the methods of administration now being pursued' in this department ?

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