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Tuesday, 14 May 1968

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - I have indeed seen such Press reports which are, I understand, based on some misconception of the events. Unfortunately, the deputation coincided with a students' demonstration and a deputation from the Aboriginals which was in my office at the time. The members of the pensioners' deputation saw me briefly; they had to leave to meet the Minister for Health. I understood they would be coming back later that night. I set aside time for them, but by some misunderstanding, for which either I am, or they are. responsible, they did not turn up. In the morning, when they did come, I did see them, but unhappily I had to leave to attend question time in this House. The matters raised were taken down by my secretary. A full note was taken of what they had in mind, and already departmental action is in train to examine the points which they raised, some of which were relevant points. 1 think the House knows that I would not willingly slight any pensioner organisation, or indeed any pensioner, because I am endeavouring to do my best for them, but unhappily I find that there are only 24 hours in the day, and I cannot get more time out of a day than that.

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