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Wednesday, 1 September 1937

Senator DUNCAN-HUGHES (South Australia) . - I have always held the view that there is a great distinction between the invalid and old-age pension and the pension granted to ex-soldiers. Old-age and invalidity are natural infirmities, whereas pensions are granted to ex-soldiers because of the valuable service which they have rendered to their country. I do not think that I have ever opposed any increase of war pensions. This bill involves an amount, relatively small when compared with the previous measure. I shall support this bill, as I have supported the granting of assistance to returned soldiers in the past.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.

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