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Thursday, 10 March 1932


Mr HUGHES (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The report of the

Auditor-General for the year ended the 30th June, 1931, contains this passage -

The action of the Government in authorising the grant of 100 per cent. life pension to a" proved " tubercular member who hasnever been an inmate of a tuberculosis curative establishment, and irrespective of the degree of incapacity, was therefore without statutory authority. Legal enactment is necessary to remedy the omission. It is to be noted that the member's dependants benefited proportionately.

The fact that this special grant of pension was merely a direction of the Cabinet only recentlycame under my notice, and I must express astonishment that the want of parliamentary authority for the payment has not been questioned by the commission.

Iask the Treasurer whether he has considered this comment, and, if so, whether he proposes to take whatever steps are necessary to legalize the payment?







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