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Tuesday, 6 December 1938


Mr WARD (EAST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - In view of the fact that the immediate effect of the legislation imposing an excise tax on flour has been an increase of the price of bread I ask the Prime Minister whether the Government intends to adhere to its decision not to grant an increase of old-age, invalid, and war pensions in order to meet the increased cost of living?


Mr LYONS - The honorable member for East Sydney knows perfectly well that invalid, . old-age and war pensions were fixed on the present basis without relation to the cost of living, and have always been so fixed, except for the years immediately preceding the last fixation, when the cost of living Was taken into account. The pension was raised to the present figure of £1 a week without consideration of the cost of living.

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