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Thursday, 5 August 1926

Senator ANDREW (Victoria) .- I have listened very carefully to the debate on this subject. The time is ripe for a revision of the act. There is no doubt that the sympathy of the Senate is with this dear old lady. Most honorable senators are of the opinion that her claim should be accepted. I have another case, that of a lady who, whilst in receipt of the pension, lived on a small property in the bush with her son. Subsequently she handed the land over to her son, and went to live with her daughter in the city. Immediately, her pension was reduced to 8s. per /reek. Had she continued to reside on the property with her son, she would be receiving £1 a week to-day. I wrote to the Deputy Commissioner of Pensions in relation to her case, but without success. Recently, I put further facts before him, and they are now receiving his consideration. A little more of the spirit of the act should be shown in its administration. It was the intention of Parliament to deal with these old people in a sympathetic manner. Senator Barnes has done a great service to them by bringing this matter before the Senate. While the Government is considering the case brought forward by him, it should ascertain whether there are any others of a similar nature which require attention.

Senator Crawford - Did the lady to whom the honorable senator referred receive any rent for the property ?

Senator ANDREW - No; it was her home, where she had reared her family. I should be glad if the Minister would also make inquiries into this case.

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