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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 3058

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) (Minister for Social Services) (12:40 PM) - I shall be brief. I will have another look at the case of Mrs Wright, which the honourable member has mentioned. Of course I will do this entirely without commitment at the present stage but I assure the honourable member that the case will be looked at personally and I will confer with my colleague, the Minister for Repatriation (Mr Holten) about it. Regarding the first case the honourable member mentioned, I think that probably nothing can be done under the law. However, I draw one point to the attention of the House, namely, that it is not always realised by how much the Australian level of pensions exceeds the level of pensions available in the United Kingdom. This lady is geting what would be available to her in the United Kingdom. I think we might well stop for a moment to congratulate ourselves on how much better Australian pensions are than are pensions in the United Kingdom.

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