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Wednesday, 27 May 1942


Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) . - I move -

That the House of Representatives be requested to insert the following new clause after clause 34: - " 34a. Whenever the maximum rate of pension per annum is increased or reduced in pursuance of the last preceding section, the maximum rate of pension per annum payable to a pensioner, immediately prior to the increase or reduction, in pursuance of section twenty-one a of this act, shall be increased or reduced by such amount, if any, as the Minister determines, not exceeding one-half of the amount by which the maximum rate of pension per annum is increased or reduced in pursuance of the last preceding section.".

The purpose of the new clause is to provide for the rate of institutional pension to be adjusted in accordance with costofliving variations. The principle to be followed is exactly the same as in the case of invalid and old-age pensions. Whenever the maximum rate of a widow's pension is increased by the cost-of-living variations provided in clause 34, the amount payable to a pensioner in an institution will be increased by such amount as the Minister determines, but not exceeding one-half of the increase received by pensioners who are not inmates of institutions.


Senator McBride - Why should the Minister determine the matter? The Commissioner will administer the act.


Senator KEANE - In the case of an individual who is not getting the full pension it might be necessary for the Minister to fix an amount of pension. Should there be an increase of Is. a week in the maximum rate of pension based on the cost-of-living figures, 6d. would go to the institution and 6d. to the pensioner.







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