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Thursday, 11 October 1956

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - 1 am indebted to the honorable member for this question. Following the announcement made yesterday by you, Mr. Speaker, that the Social Services Bill 1956 had received the royal assent, ii is my pleasure to say that the increased rates of pension payable to qualified invalid pensioners with more than one child will be paid to-day. They will be paid to qualified widows with more than one child next Tuesday, 1 6th October, lt is estimated that some 10,500 widows, some 6.000 invalids, and lens of thousands of children will benefit. The House will appreciate That considerable investigation must necessarily precede the payment of the increased benefits. If for any reason unavoidable delays occur, the payments will be made retrospectively.

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