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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2379

(Question No. 5188)


Mr Nehl asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 18 March 1987:

(1) Why did the Minister's Department forward to war widows in 1986 adhesive stickers bearing the words ``Dependent Treatment Entitlement Card WAR WIDOWS'' which were to be attached to the lilac cards held by those widows.

(2) How many war widows received the stickers.

(3) What was the cost of (a) producing the stickers and (b) posting the stickers.

(4) How does the issue of the stickers affect the entitlement of war widows to benefits from the Minister's Department.


Mr Holding —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) Adhesive stickers were issued following a request from the War Widows' Guild for an identification to be included on the Dependent Treatment Entitlement Card to indicate the holder as a war widow. In discussion with the Guild it was agreed that labels be provided for war widows, if they chose, to adhere to the cards which already had been issued. The cards are now automatically embossed with the title `War Widow'.

The identification assists war widows in their receipt of fringe benefit concessions from State and local government authorities.

(2) 70,437 war widows received the stickers.

(3) (a) $8,721.62; (b) $25,020.36

(4) The issue of the stickers does not affect Departmental war widow entitlement.