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Tuesday, 26 August 1980
Page: 760

Mr John Brown (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Mr Deputy Speaker, I am sure that most honourable members of the House- certainly those on this side- would agree that the present Treasurer (Mr Howard) is a very decent man. I think that within his makeup there is a decent trace of compassion. But, I am afraid that after living in the rarefied air of the Bennelong electorate, and particularly as he socialises quite a deal in that salubrious area of Hunters Hill, he has dropped out of touch with reality. This is reflected by the Budget papers and, try as I might, I can find no provision which increases the dole for those people under 1 8 years of age. It still exists at $36 a week, as it existed in 1975. Despite enormous inflation since then, which even those people on the Government side cannot deny, it has not been indexed up since that time.

Mr Neil - Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to raise a point of order. I am sure that many honourable members would like to raise matters such as this, but this sounds as though it is directly related to the Budget and it is not in order to refer to it during the adjournment debate.

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