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Wednesday, 17 February 1971

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing (he Minister for Health, ls it a fact that many pensioners previously eligible to hold a pensioner medical card have had this entitlement withdrawn as a result of the tapered means test which was introduced in the 1969 Budget? Is it also a fact that these withdrawals took place about 12 months after the Budget announcement and that this action was contrary to the statement of the then Treasurer, Mr McMahon. that fringe benefits would not be available to persons who became pensioners for the first time as a result of the introduction of the tapered means test?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - The honourable senator has asked a very important question, lt is so important that I think it should be placed on the notice paper so that 1 may get a: detailed reply from the Minister concerned.

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