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Tuesday, 16 October 1956

Mr STEWART (LANG, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I address a question to the Minister for Social Services. No doubt the Minister is aware that the Government of New South Wales grants fare concessions on government railway, tramway and omnibus services to recipients of Commonwealth age and invalid pensions. The New South Wales Government is most eager to extend the same travel concessions to recipients of widows' pensions, but because the transport services of that State are operating at a financial loss, caused by the crippling capital debts that the various departments must meet, it is not practicable to include widow's pensioners among those to whom fare concessions are granted. However, as social services are primarily the responsibility of the Commonwealth Government, will the Minister give immediate and favorable consideration to reimbursing the New South Wales Government with the cost of the concessions that are granted to age and invalid pensioners, and approving the extension of these concessions to widow pensioners?

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