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Thursday, 13 May 1915

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) . - On gage 5 I observe an item of £5,500 for the " maintenance of persons admitted to charitable institutions in accordance with provisions of Invalid and Old-age Pensions Acts." I would like the Minister to state whether this is a new departure, and whether it is intended to fill a gap which was complained about recently at the Premiers' Conference? It will be remembered that there a complaint was raised that, as soon as an old-age pensioner was admitted to a charitable institution, the pension from the Commonwealth ceased, and he became a burden on the resources of the State. What I desire to know is whether it is intended that a charitable institution shall have the amount allowable to the pensioner until he is discharged, because, in that case, he will be turned adrift from the institution without any provision for himself until his pension is again payable?

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