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Tuesday, 29 March 1966

Mr Webb b asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice; -

In view of the increase of prices since pensions were last increased, will be take action to increase age, invalid and widows' pensions during these sittings of the Parliament instead of waiting for the Budget sittings?

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows -

It is the customary practice to review the whole field of social services each year in connection with the preparation of the Budget Review at this tin.c is appropriate as social services is a major item of Government expenditure and consequently is best considered in the light of the Government's overall budgetary position. The customary practice will be followed again this year and any changes that are considered desirable and financially practicable will be announced by the Treasurer in his Budget Speech.

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