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Tuesday, 30 September 1997
Page: 7263

(Question No. 640)


Senator Stott Despoja asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 18 June 1997:

(1) How many newly arrived Australian residents who are subject to the newly arrived resident's waiting period have applied for a Social Security income support payment since March 1997.

(2) How many newly arrived Australian residents who are subject to the 2 year newly arrived resident's waiting period have been: granted special benefit since 4 March 1997; and (b) refused special benefit since March 1997.

(3) What are the countries of origin of those people who have been refused special benefit since 4 March 1997; please provide a numerical breakdown.


Senator Newman —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) Reliable data is not currently available for some payment types including pensions and Parenting Allowance.

However, from 4 March 1997 to 15 August 1997, the following applications have been received and are subject to the two year waiting period: Newstart Allowance—678; Special Benefit—12; Youth Training Allowance—3; Partner Allowance—16; Total—709

(2) (a) In the period 4 March 1997 to 15 August 1997, there have been 65 grants of Special Benefit to newly arrived migrants who have applied for another type of allowance and are required to serve a two year waiting period.

(b) Reliable data is not currently available

(3) This information is not available.