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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr Daly y asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   Is a person who is certified to be an alcoholic considered to be 85 per cent, incapacitated and eligible for an invalid pension in accordance with the Social Services Act?

2.   If not, what forms of occupation have been determined as suitable to be satisfactorily carried out by such a person?

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

Any person who is certified to be permanently incapacitated for work to the extent of at least 85 per cent, is eligible on medical grounds to receive an invalid pension. The factors taken into account in determining the degree of incapacity are the prerogatives of the medical practitioner.

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