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Friday, 29 November 1935


Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice -

With reference to the Treasurer's recent statement that invalid and old-age pensioners arc permitted to earn " a few shillings a week ", will the Minister define the exact amount such pensioners are permitted to earn without reduction of their pensions?


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - The Treasurer supplies the following answer : -

In order to qualify for an invalid pension a person must be totally and permanently incapacitated for work. Obviously, if a pensioner is able to work, although he may not be able to earn sufficient to make him ineligible for a pension under the income provisions of the law, he is not incapacitated for work. Cases arise, however, where an invalid pensioner receives a nominal amount for performing light services and the pension is not cancelled. It is not possible to state the amount which is allowed to be received under these conditions. It depends entirely on the nature of the service rendered and the circumstances under which the payment is made.







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