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Friday, 24 August 1923

Mr COLEMAN (Reid) .- I indorse the contention of the honorable member for Swan (Mr. Gregory). The Bill is only increasing the allowable earnings of the pensioner by 2s. 6d. per week. Under the original Act, the pensioner was allowed to earn an amount equal to his pension, namely, £26 per annum, making his total income £52. The Government might at least have maintained that proportion between earnings and pension, allowing the pensioner to have a total income of £91, instead of £7S, as is proposed. Pensioners should be encouraged to do a little work. By adopting the opposite policy, the Government is placing a premium upon idleness. I shall move an amendment to that effect.

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