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Thursday, 29 October 1931

Mr CUNNINGHAM (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Assistant Minister) - No instructions have been issued by the Minister in charge of the department that the granting of an invalid pension shall be dependent upon the claimant's physical and mental incapacity as well. The act provides that an invalid pension shall not be granted unless the Commissioner is satisfied that the claimant is " totally and permanently incapacitated ". The matter does not rest entirely upon the contents of a medical certificate. If a person is only partially incapacitated the responsibility for his maintenance lies with the State, not with the Commonwealth. I shall have inquiries made into the other points raised by the honorable member.

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