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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1138


Senator MESSNER(5.38) —I move:

That the Senate take note of the papers.

We do not have the advantage of having this paper before us for discussion here today, but I did want to ensure that the matter came up on the Notice Paper since it is an important paper, no doubt paying a lot of attention to the state of play with Social Security Appeals Tribunals. This is a matter which from time to time causes a great deal of concern in the community and certainly a great deal of concern as to the length or otherwise of delays in processing appeals through the Tribunal's system. While I was Minister for Veterans' Affairs I had a great deal of interest in the way in which the repatriation system operates. We have since seen legislation on that matter introduced by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt) as a result of reports brought down on former occasions. I believe that as a matter of general policy there is a very real need to examine the Tribunal's system and the social security appeals system. I think the Government could well be advised to implement a total review of the procedures of the tribunal system as it operates at present. Nevertheless , we look forward to the report so we can examine it closely with a view to discussing the matter at some later time. I seek leave to continue my remarks later.

Leave granted; debate adjourned.