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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2330


Senator HARRADINE (5.23 p.m.) —Firstly, I would like to congratulate Senator Forshaw on his first speech. I wish him all the best in his job as a senator representing New South Wales.

  I would like to ask the minister a number of questions about the effect of clause 27, which we are now considering. I ask the minister to advise the committee how many women in total are affected by the provisions of clause 27 and subsequent clauses and how much money will be saved by the government as a result of the implementation of these clauses.

  If we look at the table headed `Pension age for women', we see that a woman who is now 58 years of age will have to wait a further six months before she becomes eligible for an age pension; a woman who is now 57 will have to wait a further 12 months before she is eligible for an age pension; a woman now aged 56 will have to wait a further 18 months; a woman now aged 55 will have to wait a further two years—that is, she will have to wait until she is 62—before she is able to get a pension; a woman now aged 54 will have to wait a further two years and six months; and so it goes on.

  In respect of all the items in columns one to nine—they are called items but we are talking about women—how many women are currently in the paid work force and how many are not, and how much money does the government anticipate that it will save in respect of each one of those items?