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Monday, 25 August 1997
Page: 6834

(Question No. 1927)

Mr Laurie Ferguson asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 24 June 1997:

(1) For how many years has the funeral benefit under the Veterans' Entitlements Act been $550.

(2) Has the rate changed since it was introduced; if so, (a) what was the previous rate and (b) for how long had it been at that rate.

Mr Bruce Scott —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The funeral benefit under the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 has been $550 for the entire period of operation of that Act.

(2) Yes. (a) and (b) The funeral benefit was introduced in 1918 and the rate payable has changed under the Repatriation legislation as follows: 1918—£10; 1925—£15; 1948—£20; 1953—£25; 1973—$100; 1979—$300; 1981—$400; 1982—$500; 1984—$550.