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Friday, 13 November 1964

Senator FITZGERALD (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services: In view of the huge increase in living costs, will the Minister for Social Services request the Government to bring down with the least possible delay a supplementary Budget to include amendments to the social service legislation so that pensions may be substantially increased; the means test for medical benefits may be lifted; wives' allowances for aged and invalid pensioners may be increased; and, through the States, the necessary power may be secured to control the prices of food and other vital necessaries and to control rents? I ask this question on behalf of the Australian Commonwealth Pensioners Federation, which is eager to obtain benefits for the less fortunate aged and infirm citizens of our community.

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