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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator O'BYRNE (Tasmania) . - I address my remarks to Division No. 475, sub-division 4, item 01. Would the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services explain briefly what constitutes compassionate allowances and other payments under special circumstances? I should also like an explanation of item 04 in the same sub-division. What is meant by " Supplementation of pensions and allowances to which the Transferred Officers' Allowances Act applies, or which are payable under section 71 of the Superannuation Act "? A man who is living alone and paying rent is entitled to the supplementary allowance. If he is living alone he can have an income of £2,020 but not receive a supplementary allowance. I ask the Minister whether a man who is living alone and paying rent can have any income whatever and still collect the supplementary allowance.

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