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Tuesday, 30 April 1968

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

Will he press for funds to recompense State and local authorities for remission of rates to pensioners, especially remissions to age pensioners, in respect of rises in valuations on the unimproved value of their home sites, at least as long as their means are less than equivalent to a minimum wage?

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The Commonwealth makes grants to the States to assist them to carry out their overall responsi- bilities. The priorities accorded different avenues of expenditure are matters for decision by each individual State. The position of pensioner home owners will be examined as part of the general review of social services now being undertaken by the Government Any decisions reached will be taken and announced by the Government in the usual way.

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