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Wednesday, 5 May 1971

Senator POYSER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Health. When can I expect an answer to a question I asked on 17th February, which was the day after the beginning of the session? It is question No. 866 and it reads as follows:

(1)   Is it a fact that many pensioners previously eligible to hold a pensioner medical card have had these withdrawn as a result of the tapered means test introduced in the 1969 Budget?

(2)   Did these withdrawals take place about 12 months after the Budget announcement contrary to the statement of the then Treasurer, Mr McMahon, that fringe benefits would not cease to be available to persons who were pensioners at that time?

As this is a most important question in relation to those who have had their medical care taken away from them, can I get an answer to that question before the session closes?

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