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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - I should be happy to consider the honorable member's proposition, but I direct his attention to the fact that the financial circumstances of civilian widows have never been allowed to remain static during the eleven years that this Government has been in office. Every year has brought them improved conditions, not only through progressive increases of the basic rate of pension, which have raised the payment to class A widows from £2 7s. 6d. in 1949 to £5 5s. to-day, but also through liberalization of the means test in regard to both income and property. In addition, the merged means test has been introduced, special deductions from income have been allowed in respect of all dependent children in the family and special payments have been provided for all the children of class A widows after the first child. There have been other great changes, all designed to improve the circumstances of the civilian widows. I hope that these movements will continue, and to this end further consideraiton will be given to the honorable member's suggestion.

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