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Thursday, 12 November 1959

Mr E JAMES HARRISON (BLAXLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Social Services. As the provisions of the National Health Bill, soon to become law, prevent free life-saving drugs from being available to pensioners who are disqualified by the £2 per week income means test, and in view of the moral responsibility on this Parliament to provide every means possible of prolonging the life of these aged people without further impairing their meagre means of living, has any consideration yet beengiven to the very serious problem that will be created by the Government's proposed legislation? Has the Government considered removing, or at least relaxing, the means test in the interests of this most deserving section of the community?

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