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Wednesday, 27 May 1942

Senator McBRIDE (South Australia) . - In the event of the new clause being agreed to, the Minister could decide any increase of pension, and any such increase based on the costofliving scale would go by the board. I accept the proposition that because of an increase of the cost of living an additional amount of pension should be granted to pensioners, but I think that the administration will be cluttered up if automatic increases must be referred to the Minister for approval before they apply I consider that this method will become unworkable. I agree that the pensioner should be entitled to receive any increase of pension warranted by a rise of the cost of living but in the event of this new clause being agreed to the Minister might make an increase outside the terms of the act and members of this Parliament would not know what increases had been granted by the Minister.

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