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Tuesday, 12 September 1972
Page: 677

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services. I preface it by saying that perhaps the Minister has heard comments such as 'Promises, promises' and That will be the day' about the Government's proposed action to remove the means test over 3 years. Will the Minister put these and similar comments at an end by saying when it is anticipated the legislation to remove the means test over 3 years will be introduced?

Senator GREENWOOD - The basis of the honourable senator's question lies in the statement contained in the Treasurer's Budget Speech that the Government was committed to removing the means test within 3 years. It will be recalled also that a committee is to be appointed to consider various aspects of that proposition. It is a clear commitment by the Government, and when the Government is returned at the election it will be in a position to give some indication of the date on which the legislation to give effect to that objective can be brought in.

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