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Thursday, 25 February 1932

Mr BEASLEY asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   Whether the advice of the Commonwealth Auditor-General, advocating the further reduction or abolition of invalid and old-age pensions, maternity allowances, of sustenance to the unemployed, and of other services, social and otherwise, to the community, is likely to be adopted by the Government?

2.   If not. and since the apparent reactionary view of the Commonwealth Auditor-General indicates, as his personal opinion, that the salvation of the present system in Australia - rests solely upon the adoption of the measure referred to in paragraph (1) of this question, what other source of action does the Government propose to take to correct the financial position of the nation?

3.   Is the Commonwealth Auditor-General acting within his statutory powers under the Audit Act in -advising in his annual report on questions that are matters of national policy and for determination by the Commonwealth Parliament?

4.   Is the Commonwealth Auditor-General acting within his power as such in "reporting in his annual report for 1930-31, to the effect that pensions to the aged and infirm provided by the .authority of the Commonwealth Parliament can be further reduced without any injustice ?

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