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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr. SPEAKER(Hon. John McLeay).I have received a letter from the honorable member for Watson (Mr. Cope) proposing that a definite matter of urgent public importance be submitted to the House for discussion, namely -

The urgent necessity for the Government to grant immediate substantial increases in rates of pensions and benefits to alleviate widespread distress amongst aged, invalid, widowed and repatriation pensioners and recipients of other social services including the unemployed and the sick.

I call upon those members who approve of the proposed discussion to rise in their places. (More than the number of members required by the Standing Orders having risen in their places) -

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