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Thursday, 11 July 1946

Mr HOLLOWAY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The £50,000 allocated to the States for diagnostic purposes has been available to the States since the 1st January last, although I do not know whether any has been used yet. The .Commonwealth portion of the joint fund of £250,000 for the payment of special allowances to dependants of sufferers has been allocated to the States. Details of the distribution will he completed in amending legislation to be introduced during this Parliament. The amounts payable will he determined by the State authorities on the merits of each case. Whatever payments are made to relieve the economic situation of dependants of tubercular sufferers will not be calculated as income and will be paid in addition to invalid pensions, old-age pensions or any other pensions that may be drawn by them. Whether the payments will be retrospective will be decided when the amending legislation is introduced.

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