Old Age and Invalid Pensioners Association

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New South Wales (N.S.W.) was the first state in Australia to establish a pension fund to support the sick and the elderly in the year 1900. When a nation-wide pension was established in 1908, it included the ill and elderly, but it targeted marginalized groups such as Asians and Aboriginal people for exclusion from receiving pension funds. During the Great Depression, many states decided to make a 20% funding cut for things like pensions and wages. This decision did not sit well with the struggling citizens, who advocated for a return to the higher pension wages pre-Depression, a raise in proportion with basic wages, and minimum levels of pensions, and formed the Old Age & Invalid Pensioners Association of Australia. 


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Federal Register of Legislation. (n.d.). Australian Government. https://www.legislation.gov.au/C1931A00011/asmade/text

National Museum of Australia. (n.d.). Age and invalid pensions. National Museum of Australia; National Museum of Australia; c=AU; o=Commonwealth of Australia; ou=National Museum of Australia. https://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/age-and-invalid-pensi…

Old-Age & Invalid Pensioners’ Association. (1936, November 14). The Manning River Times and Advocate for the Northern Coast Districts of New South Wales, 5. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/171464475?searchTerm=Old%20A…

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