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It seems that all workers have had a rise in wages owing to the cost of living. Our M.P.'s gave themselves £300 a year for a start, just a mere £25 per month, but the old penple who brought up large families P.ml helped make New Zealand what it is and helped to put these men in the position they now hold, are simply forgotten. If it costs them £25 a month extra how do they think the old-age pensioners can exist on £7 10/ per month? A man or woman alone is allowed to earn £1 per week extra but a married couple are only allowed to earn ~l between them, less tax and leyyleaving £4-1 10/ for the two, not toper year. If we happen- t<? earn a trifle over that amount it is all deducted from next year's allotment. At election time we heard, 'We don't want soup kitchens." I think we will soon need workhouses instead. "DARBY AND JOAN."

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COST OF LIVING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945

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COST OF LIVING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945

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