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Wednesday, 8 December 1965

Mr CALWELL - I ask the Minister for Social Services: Is it a fact that the means test with regard to pharmaceutical and medical benefits as applied to pensioners was imposed by the present Government on 1st November 1955? Is it also a fact that during the 10-year period that has elapsed since then the Opposition has repeatedly moved amendments seeking the abolition of the means test, without having once received any support from any one Government member? Is it also a fact that not one Government member has ever spoken in protest against the operation of the means test on pensioners in the past 10 years?

Dr Mackay - Look up " Hansard ".

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