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Friday, 18 November 1938

Mr ROSEVEAR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that the Premier of New South Wales, Mr. Stevens, has publicly announced a departure from his long-standing policy of non-interference with prices and that legislation will be introduced in the Parliament of New South Wales at an early date to regulate the prices of foodstuffs, clothing and house rents, will the Commonwealth Government reconsider its decision not to increase the rate of the invalid and old-age pension beyond £1 a week in order to meet the rising costs that have been recognized by the Premier of New South Wales?

Mr LYONS - Whatever the inclinations of members of the Government might be, it has been made perfectly clear to this Parliament and to the people of the country that the financial obligations that fall upon the Ministry to maintain and increase the efficiency of the defence of this country make it impossible at the present time to do what the honorable member has suggested.

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