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Tuesday, 11 April 1961

Mr THOMPSON (PORT ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I should like to ask the Minister for Social Services whether any alteration has been made in the period during which a pensioner can earn at the rate of fi 82 per annum without affecting his pension. Does the Minister know that pensioners are being notified that if in any two weeks the income of a married couple exceeds £7 a week, they must immediately notify the department? In the past pensioners have been allowed to earn at the rate of £182 or £364 for a married couple during any period, provided that the maximum permissible income was not exceeded for the full period of twelve months. Has any alteration to this policy been made?

Mr Ward - Mr. Speaker, I rise to a point of order. When the House last met the Minister for Social Services was suspended from the service of the House because he had reflected on your veracity. The motion that was then moved and which was carried by the House was -

That the honorable member for Riverina be suspended from the service of the House.

Standing Order No. 302 states that if any member be suspended on the foregoing order his suspension on the first occasion shall be for 24 hours. If an honorable member is suspended from the service of the House for 24 hours, how can time when the House is not in session be counted in the period covered by the standing order? My interpretation is that the Minister is not entitled to be in this chamber until after the hour, to-night, at which he was suspended on the previous occasion.

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