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Tuesday, 9 September 1958
Page: 978

Mr MAKIN (Bonython) .- I strongly support the arguments adduced by honorable members on this side relating to the inadequacy of the present rate of pension and other social service benefits. That the present provisions are inadequate is proved by the fact that this Parliament has received petitions containing the names of thousands of people who know from bitter experience that present pensions are totally inadequate to meet their needs of to-day. I earnestly plead with the Government to be more sympathetic towards those who are now suffering great hardships in what the Government is pleased to call the present prosperous times. Time will not permit of my saying any more, but I hope that what I have said has been sufficient to signify my strong support of the case put by honorable members on this side for more justice for the pensioners, the real pioneers of the country.

Proposed votes agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 6.2 to 8 p.m.

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