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Thursday, 28 November 1985
Page: 2453

Senator GIETZELT (Minister for Veterans' Affairs)(11.41) —If a widow is in need of some assistance she has access automatically to the social security system, and generally assistance has been made available. What we are trying to do here is to give her the extra $12 a week. I stress that, in the context in which governments have to operate, if budget considerations are ignored I have to make cost savings in some other sections of my budget. That is the problem with which I am faced. I wonder whether one could consider this proposal to be a top priority, having regard to the fact that the provision will in any event be back-dated to May 1984.