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Wednesday, 19 May 1965

Senator WRIGHT (TASMANIA) - I wish to ask a question of the Minister for Repatriation.

I express my thanks to the Minister for supplying me, in answer to a recent request, with figures showing the relative movement of the basic wage, on the one hand, and the total and permanent incapacity pension, on the other hand, during the last 20 years. I ask the Minister whether he has noted that the last time the basic wage and the T.P.I, pension were equal was in 1951, and that since that period a gap has developed between them. In 1951 they were almost equal in shillings per week - the basic wage was 176s. and the T.P.I, pension 175s. - but in 1964 the basic wage was 308s. and the T.P.I, pension 285s. Will the Minister, in association with the Treasurer, give special consideration to this matter when budgetary policy is being considered?

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