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Thursday, 8 April 1965

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister re presenting the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   Has the Government considered the injustice to retired Government employees in South Aus tralia, resulting from the 1964 bonus payments accruing to these pensioners from the State superannuation scheme being taken into account for the purposes of Commonwealth age, widows' and invalid pensions?

2.   If the bonus payment amounts to £14 10s. per year, is an amount of5s. 6d. per week deducted from Commonwealth pensions, and if the State bonus payment is less than1s. weekly, is the amount of1s. per week being deducted by the Commonwealth department?

3.   What action does the Minister propose to initiate to ensure that Government employees subscribing to a State Government superannuation scheme will benefit from such superannuation schemes instead of being penalised because of provisions of Commonwealth social service legislation?

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