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Wednesday, 20 May 1931


Senator E B JOHNSTON asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice -

1.   With reference to the Minister's reply to a question asked by Senator E. B. Johnston on the 30th ultimo, in which the Minister stated that pensions to the amount of £391,000 yearly are paid to residents outside Australia, and £358,000 of that sum is paid through Australia House, London, in full in British currency, how much has this generosity cost the Commonwealth for exchange during the past year ?

2.   Is it intended to continue subsidizing Australians to the extent of 30 per cent. on their pensions by way of exchange, to encourage them to live outside the Commonwealth?

3.   Is the Commonwealth at present paying exchange at the rate of over £100,000 per year for these overseas pensioners?







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