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Wednesday, 28 November 1973
Page: 2189

Senator WEBSTER -Is the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security aware that in December 1972 the basic pension was 20.7 per cent of average weekly earnings and that it has now fallen to 19.5 per cent of average weekly earnings?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not aware of the figures, although I assume what the honourable senator says is correct. Nonetheless, I reiterate that he belonged to a government which was in office for 23 years and which did not at any time give an undertaking that pensions would be based on a certain percentage of average weekly male earnings. This Government has done so. This Government is already carrying out that policy and has made 2 adjustments. It will make another adjustment in the autumn session of Parliament of next year.

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