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Tuesday, 21 May 1957

Mr GRIFFITHS (SHORTLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Minister for Social Services. Is the honorable gentleman aware that undue hardship is being inflicted on some applicants for the age pension who receive long, service leave payments on retirement, because those payments are taken into account as affecting their pension entitlement? Will the Minister consider amending the Social Services Act during thebudget sittings to provide that, wheremoney received in payment for long service leave is used for the repair of pensioners." homes, the purchase of household goods or other personal requirements, pensioners may be allowed at least three months in which to complete the work in hand without their pension or pension entitlement being affected?

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