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Wednesday, 11 November 1959

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - I am aware that representations have been made from time to time for a further liberalization of the means test, with respect to both income and property. I remind the honorable member for Barton that ever since this Government was elected ten years ago, the means test with respect both to income and property has been liberalized from time to time. By that very process, the Government has included within the general scheme of social services countless thousands of people who had previously been excluded. I hope that that splendid purpose will continue; and it can only continue consistent with the financial capacity of the Australian people to bear the additional cost.

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