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Thursday, 25 May 1972
Page: 3070

Dr KLUGMAN (PROSPECT, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask a question of the Minister for Social Services. He has received from me representations regarding a 58- year old invalid pensioner, who has a wife who is also aged less than 60, who receive between them a pension of $52 a fortnight, which is $104 every 4 weeks. As this man as the Minister knows, has severe silicosis with extreme breathlessness, uses $70 worth of oxygen a month and pays rent of $9 a week - making a total of over $106 a month - how does the Minister suggest that this couple should exist?

Mr WENTWORTH (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - If the honourable member in private - I know that he does not want to use the name of this man in the House - brings this case to my attention I shall certainly have another look at it. I would think, from what he has said, that many of the questions he raises might be in the court of my colleague, the Minister for Health. If the honourable member would care to see me about this matter afterwards I promise to have another look at it.

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