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Wednesday, 7 December 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Leader of the Senate if he has anything to add to the statement which he made last night in connexion with the pensions of those pensioners who are inmates of charitable institutions?

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - I was not armed with a reply when the honorable senator raised this matter last night. I now invite him to study the following paragraph in the budget speech of the Treasurer: -

The Government has given consideration to anomalies in the present method of dealing with invalid and old-age pensioners who become inmates of public institutions, and has decided to call a conference of representatives of the Commonwealth and the States with a view to placing the matter on a more satisfactory basis.

Prior to this conference the Treasurer proposes to discuss the matter with the Treasurers of the States, and ascertain what action the States desire the Commonwealth to take to give effect to its intention. The States have already been communicated with, and it is anticipated that this discussion will take place after the meeting of the Loan Council next week.

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