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Tuesday, 21 May 1957

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - When an application is made to my department for an age pension, the normal means test is applied. If, in the application of the means test, a pensioner is disqualified from receiving an age pension, or if his age pension is reduced below an amount that he himself deems to be reasonable, it is competent for him to make application for me to review his particular case. The honorable member for Shortland ought to know that I would be only too happy to review cases of the kind and to mete out generous justice wherever I could. That, of course, is the limit of my powers under the Social Services Act.

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