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Thursday, 4 June 1914

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I wish to call attention to a very unsatisfactory state of affairs in connexion with the delay in making payments after applications are made for old-age pensions. I had a telegram yesterday from Mr. Price, M.L.A. for Albany, Western Australia, informing me that two claims for pensions had been delayed for twelve and fourteen months respectively. I at once communicated with Mr. Collins, of the Old-age Pensions Department, and received two letters in reply. The first case was that of Mr. William Mason and his wife, of Mortigallup, Western Australia. The delay in that case has been fourteen months, and the Deputy Commissioner of Pensions in Perth has been asked to wire the cause of the delay. The other case is disclosed by the following letter: -

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