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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- I repeat that the Government would find it very difficult to legislate for the abolition of State pension schemes. At present the only one that might cause embarrassment is the New South Wales scheme. Negotiations with that State are in progress, and it is hoped to achieve unanimity on that point. The Government agrees that overlapping is not desirable, but I remind the honorable senator that whatever amount is paid by a State in addition to payments under the Commonwealth scheme, is a charge on that State and not on the Commonwealth.

Senator McBride - But the money will come from the pockets of the same taxpayers.

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