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Wednesday, 12 September 1973
Page: 843

Mr CREAN (Melbourne Ports) (Treasurer) - If I may make clear-

Mr SPEAKER - Order! Are you seeking the indulgence of the House?

Mr CREAN - Yes. I want to make clear that it was the intention of the previous Government when the means test was being abolished to make the pension taxable. Whether the previous Government varied the age allowance was incidental to the proposition.

Mr Wentworth - That is not incidental.

Mr SPEAKER - Order!

Mr Wentworth - This is misrepresentation of the position entirely and the Treasurer is deliberately trying to cover up the truth.

Mr SPEAKER - Order!

Mr Wentworth - I did not think that he would stoop to this kind of misrepresentation.

Mr SPEAKER - Order! The honourable member for Mackellar has a great habit of ignoring the Chair. I asked for order on several occasions while he was on his feet. The honourable member had no right to speak as he did not have the call. He must have the call before he is allowed to address the House and I ask him to bear that in mind.

Mr Wentworth - I thank you for your guidance, Mr Speaker.

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