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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator DEIN (New South Wales) . - I share Senator Hardy's doubts about the meaning of the words "permanently unemployable," especially when linked with the words " remunerative occupation." Much will depend upon the view taken by the authorities responsible for the administration of the act. Applications for the invalid pension are refused by the Commissioner if the applicant is only partially incapacitated, the department taking the view that a person able to do light work, and earn 15s. or £1 a week, is not incapacitated within the meaning of the act, and therefore is not eligible for a pension. The meaning of the words " permanently unemployable " is not so clear as I would like it to be, and having advocated the claims of applicants for invalid pensions, I fear that injustice may be done to returned soldier applicants unless we can agree upon a more satisfactory definition of the term.

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