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Wednesday, 5 September 1928

Mr SPEAKER -I do not wish to unduly restrict the debate but I remind the honorable member that this bill is not for a general amendment of the Old-age and Invalid Pensions Act; it is to amend only specified scetions of it, and debate must be relevant to the bill.

Mr SCULLIN - I am not attempting a general discussion of the Old-age Pensions Act, and with all due deference to you, sir, I submit that my remarks are relevant to this bill. The Treasurer said that this measure is for the purpose of rectifying anomalies in the act, and I submit that I am quite in order in drawing attention to anomalies and defects that have been overlooked. However, I do not wish to proceed further with the matter at this stage. The only criticism that can be directed against the provisions of the bill is that they are long overdue.

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