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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2380

(Question No. 5197)

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 19 March 1987:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to the fact that residents of Wanneroo, WA, have access only to a limited public transport system and that they consequently have great difficulty in travelling considerable distances to other areas to reach a Social Security office.

(2) Are there any proposals to establish a Social Security office in Wanneroo in the near future.

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

(1) I am aware of the difficulties experienced by Wanneroo residents in travelling to Department of Social Security offices at Innaloo or Mirrabooka.

(2) Given the current tight resource constraints, no substantial extension of services is planned in the foreseeable future. Client numbers in the area remain relatively small. Unemployment benefit recipients are under 400 and the area has just over 1,000 pensioners.