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Wednesday, 8 December 1965

Mr MINOGUE (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Social Services. Now that the Minister for Health has given a lead in removing the disparity between pensioners with respect to the medical entitlement card, will the Minister for Social Services follow his example by granting the same rates of pension and supplementary assistance to married and single pensioners? Will he also remove the anomaly represented by the payment of the additional funeral benefit to certain relatives of deceased pensioners and not to other relatives who have the same responsibility to see that deceased pensioners receive decent burials, which now cost at least £100? Why is it that the Government persists in treating pensioners on the basis of " some chalk, some cheese "?

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