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Thursday, 5 August 1926

Senator BARNES (Victoria) . - I move -

That the Senate at its rising adjourn until 10 a.m. to-morrow.

Four honorable senators having risen in their places in support of the motion,

Question proposed.

Senator BARNES - I very reluctantly move this motion; but feel it necessary to do so in order to ventilate what ap- pears to me to be a grave injustice that has been done to at least one person in Australia, and, possibly, to thousands of others. Having exhausted every conciliatory means of obtaining justice for the person concerned, I now bring the matter forward, on the floor of the Senate, so that the people of Australia may know how the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act is being administered. In order to conserve the time of the Senate in discussing this subject, I propose to read a departmental communication, which sets out the facts. When honorable senators have heard it, I think that not one of them will stand for the act being administered in the way the letter indicates. The letter, which is from the Commissioner of Pensions, Melbourne, and is dated 31st March, 1926, is as follows: -

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