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Friday, 30 April 1915

Mr FISHER - I do not remember the question being submitted before.

Mr Brennan - Only by letter.

Mr FISHER - I have heard nothing of it. The Government specifically states that under certain conditions, which the honorable member may consider are moral conditions, pensions may not be granted. That is statutory, and therefore it is the duty of officers to so report and so carry out the Act. If any injustice has arisen I shall be very glad of particulars; but it is my duty to protect the chief officers of my own Department and of other Departments against insinuations that they are merely censors, when they are engaged in carrying out their duties under the statutory authority of Parliament.

Mr BRENNAN - Will the Prime Minister, when the opportunity offers, and as soon as he has time, afford me a reply to communications in which I gave definite and detailed information in regard to the matter of old-age pensions, and in respect of which I have made complaints respecting the Commissioner's attitude?

Mr FISHER - I will give it to the honorable member to-morrow, if not to-day.

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