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Tuesday, 24 February 1987
Page: 575


Mr BLUNT —Is the Prime Minister aware that in New South Wales Department of Social Security staff have implemented bans on the Government's meagre anti-fraud measures? Is he aware that the bans result in no strict identity requirements, no penalties for non-disclosure of income for unemployment beneficiaries, no requirement to register with the Commonwealth Employment Service and no regular checks on the payment of supporting parent's benefit? Has the Minister for Social Security reported to the Prime Minister on this situation and what is his estimate of the cost to the taxpayer in additional fraud and overpayment? In view of the vandalism being done to the social security system, what action does the Prime Minister's Government propose? Will the Prime Minister reintroduce the Commonwealth Employees (Employment Provisions) Act?


Mr HAWKE —The answer to the first part of the question is no; the answer to the second part of the question is no; the answer to the third part of the question is no; and therefore the answer to the fourth part of the question is: Until such time as I have this matter reported to me I do not know what action, if any, is necessary.