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Wednesday, 10 October 1973
Page: 1821

Mr SPEAKER -Does the right honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr GORTON - Yes. I claim to have been misrepresented by the Minister for Social

Security (Mr Hayden), who in answer to a question which I suspect he arranged endeavoured to indicate to the House that during the period of time when I was Prime Minister the lot of the pensioner deteriorated or was not properly taken care of. The facts are that in every Budget brought down during that time the purchasing power of the pension either increased or was held steady, as it was on one occasion.

Mr Keith Johnson (BURKE, VICTORIA) - Come off it.

Mr GORTON - They are pure facts. The fact that there is now an increase in monetary payments to pensioners is not a measure of increased benefits to the pensioners but merely a measure of the increased inflation due to the Labor Party's economic mismanagement.

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