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Wednesday, 5 December 1973
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Senator McMANUS (VICTORIA) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister. I point out that the British Government and the New Zealand Labor Government last year gave a Christmas bonus to all pensioners. The present Prime Minister did not give such a bonus last year on the ground that the Government was newly elected and time was too short. I therefore ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister: Will the Government give this year a Christmas bonus to all pensioners?

Senator MURPHY -I am informed by Senator Douglas McClelland, who represents the

Minister for Social Security in this place, that we backdated pension increases to the date of the election. In fact the Government has always behaved most. generously in regard to pensioners and, if it can do better, it will.

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