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Thursday, 19 December 1912

Senator MCDOUGALL ('New South Wales) . - I do not understand why this provision should be restricted to blind persons. There are plenty of persons in receipt of invalid pensions who are able to earn something, and this provision should be made of general application.

Senator McGregor - This provision is intended to apply to invalidity pensions, and not old-age pensions.

Senator MCDOUGALL - I am referring to invalid pensions. There are living near me two invalid persons, both of whom are compelled to use crutches. One is receiving the pension and earning nothing, whilst the other is earning £2 5s. per week, and is not receiving the pension. So far as one can judge, the man who is in receipt of the pension would be as well able as the other man to earn his living, and some provision should be made for dealing with cases of this kind. If it is going to apply to the blind, make it apply to all invalid pensioners.

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