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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16575

Mr Laurie Ferguson asked the Minister representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, upon notice, on 14 May 2003:

(1) How many Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders are currently in receipt of a Special Benefit payment from Centrelink.

(2) According to Centrelink records, how many such recipients live in: (a) each State and Territory, (b) each capital city, and (c) each local government area in Sydney and Melbourne.

Mr Anthony (Minister for Children and Youth Affairs) —The Minister for Family and Community Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) As at 20 May 2003 there were 4,459 Temporary Protection Visa holders in receipt of a Special Benefit payment from Centrelink.

(2) (a) Recipient numbers in each state are:

· Australian Capital Territory - 18

· New South Wales - 2,232

· Northern Territory - nil

· Queensland - 187

· South Australia - 495

· Tasmania - 6

· Victoria - 1,108

· Western Australia - 323

(2) (b) The detailed information required to answer the honourable member's question is not readily available in consolidated form. I do not consider it appropriate for the expenditure of resources and effort that would be involved in collecting and assembling information for the sole purpose of answering questions of this nature.

(2) (c) See answer to Question (2)(b).