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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator KEANE (Victoria) (Minister for Trade and Customs) .- The provision contained in the new clause is similar to that contained in the amending Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act of 1940. It was considered that these matters should be left to the discretion of the Minister. It might be the policy of the Government of the day to determine how fluctuations in the cost-of-living figure should be treated in relation to the pension rate, and, therefore, I suggest that it is necessary to leave the discretionary power in the hands of the Minister.

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