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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr SCULLIN (Yarra) .- It is clear that we cannot make an amendment which would have the effect of increasing the appropriation; but the Treasurer might favorably consider the request made by the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Charlton). Old people are often compelled to leave their homes, though it may be only temporarily. Country pensioners sometimes come to the city in order to be able to attend a doctor, and let their home in the country for six or twelve months. They may pay a rent of 30s. per week in the city, and receive only 10s. per week for their home in the country; but under the Act the rent they receive is taken into account in estimating tho value of the property they possess. Of course, I am aware that rent is regarded in the same way as any other form of income, but there should be some provision to meet special circumstances, even if the maximum amount of property allowed cannot be increased as desired. Where it can be shown that pensioners are paying a rent foi a place that is not their own, which balances the rent they receive from their own property, there should be no deduction from their pensions.

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