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Tuesday, 2 October 1984
Page: 1066

(Question No. 1140)

Senator Reynolds asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 12 September 1984:

Will the Minister for Social Security, following the lay advocacy seminar- social security appeals held at the university of Queensland in May, when 40 people nominated to undertake training as lay advocates, indicate whether he would support the provision of welfare rights centres to enable the further development of training and employment of lay advocates to assist social security appellants.

Senator Grimes —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

I welcome and support all initiatives which assist social security claimants to secure their proper entitlement under the Social Security Act 1947. The provision of advice and assistance for such people is under consideration in the context of a report to the Attorney-General by the Administrative Review Council entitled 'The Structure and Form of Social Security Appeals' and a Report prepared for the Commonwealth Legal Aid Council entitled 'Legal Needs of Social Security Claimants'.