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Wednesday, 14 November 1973
Page: 1758


Senator WILKINSON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) -My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. Further to the question asked by Senator Young earlier, is it a fact that the present Government will completely eliminate the means test in the lifetime of this Parliament.


Senator Young - It will be a long time before that happens.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I assume that Senator Wilkinson required an answer from me on behalf of the Minister for Social Security and not from the Opposition Whip, Senator Young. It is the policy of the Government to abolish the means test in the life of 2 parliaments- that is, over a period of 6 years. In addition to the information which I provided to Senator Young earlier this afternoon -


Senator Cavanagh - It is 3 years.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I think it is in the lifetime of 2 parliaments. Already action has been taken along this course. In the Budget action was taken to remove the means test on anyone 75 years of age and over.


Senator Cavanagh - I think it is 3 years.


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I will check on the period involved, but I can assure Senator Wilkinson that it is part of Government policy to abolish the means test.







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