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Wednesday, 16 March 1927

Senator PEARCE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - The honorable the Treasurer supplies the following answers to the honorable senator's questions : -

1.   The Commonwealth pays 103. fid. per week for the maintenance of every inmate of the homewho was a pensioner or claimant for pension at the date of his admission to the home.

2.   Every inmate of the home who would be eligible for pension if resident outside the institution receives a pension of 4s. per week.

3.   These payments areex gratia on the part of the Commonwealth, and to the extent of the payments, are subsidies to purely State institutions, and the Commonwealth Governmentdoes not consider any further assistance on its part justifiable.

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