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Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Page: 3593


Mr Price asked the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, in writing, on 10 March 2009:

In respect of the Government’s Economic Security Strategy in 2008—

(1)   As at 10 March 2009, how many children of low and middle income families in the electorate of Chifley received the $1000 bonus, and what was the total sum of these payments.

(2)   As at 10 March 2009, how many single pensioners in the electorate of Chifley received the bonus one-off payment of $1400, and what was the total sum of these payments.

(3)   As at 10 March 2009, how many pensioner couples in the electorate of Chifley received the bonus one-off payment of $2100, and what was the total sum of these payments.


Ms Macklin (Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

Currently available data shows that, as at 28 February 2009, in the electorate of Chifley:

  • 43,623 children attracted a $1,000 Economic Security Strategy payment for families at a total cost of over $43 million;
  • 11,622 single pensioners had received a $1,400 Economic Security Strategy payment for pensioners at a total cost of over $16 million;
  • 10,726 pensioners who were a member of a couple received a $1,050 Economic Security Strategy payment for pensioners at a total cost of over $11 million; and
  • over $5 million in Economic Security Strategy payments had been made to recipients of the Carer Allowance who were caring for 5,647 care recipients.