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Tuesday, 19 March 1985
Page: 378

Senator COONEY —My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. Given the decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in the case of Edwarda Artwinska, will the Department of Social Security now accept that money paid by the German Government as compensation to the victims of the Nazi Holocaust is to be disregarded in assessing the old age pension?

Senator GRIMES —I am aware of the case to which Senator Cooney refers, but I have no details on what the Department of Social Security is doing about that matter. I know that in the time I and my predecessors were Ministers for Social Security there was always controversy over whether such payments should be counted as income. Obviously the Administrative Appeals Tribunal has made a decision in that regard, and I dare say the Department and the Minister are considering it. I will seek an accurate reply as soon as I can.