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Thursday, 19 October 1911

Senator McGREGOR (South Australia) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) .-With respect to the statements made bySenators Gardiner and Rae, and the instance referred to by Senator McColl, I may say that the Invalid and Old-age Pensions Act provides that, if the examining magistrate is satisfiedthat the applicant for a pension is, in the case of a woman, sixty years of age, and in the case of a man, sixty-five years of age, he may grant it. There is no difficulty in the way, so far as the provisions of the Act are concerned. I admit that cases have occurred, and some have been brought under my own notice, in which no very great alacrity was displayed by examining magistrates to satisfy themselves in the way provided for. I will have the representations of Senator Gardiner placed before the Treasurer, and I am sure that he will see that the old-age pensions authorities take some steps to obviate the difficulties which have been mentioned in the Senate this evening. I should like, also, to say that where difficulties occur in connexion with the granting of old-age pensions in individual cases, it would be well if the honorable senator or honorable member of another place, who is made aware of the fact, would bring the case under the notice of the Old-age Pensions Department. I believe that if that were done a remedy would be found to meet each case. I have had a number of cases submitted to me, and when I have brought them before the proper authorities, they have been duly attended to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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