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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1590

Mr Armitage asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

What would it cost the Commonwealth to abolish the means test.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The estimated additional cost involved in paying age pension free of means test to women over 60 years and men over 65 years of age after the rates proposed in the Social Services Bill (No. 2) become operative is approximately $440m a year.

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