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Wednesday, 29 June 1994
Page: 2336


Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services) (5.57 p.m.) —The most important response I can give is

from page 2 of the department's response to the committee. It contains an answer to the questions Senator Harradine asked and, indeed, contains the figures Senator Kernot was asking for. This is the information provided by the department to the committee. It looks at projected income source for the years to the year 2000. It talks about alternative pensions, other income source and the women whose eligibility for age pension will be postponed by at least six months. This information was provided by the department to the committee. I seek leave to have the document incorporated in Hansard.

  Leave granted.

  The document read as follows—

Table 1:Projected income source and number of potential age pension

recipients affected by raising of women's age pension age

(effect on annual average)

Projected Income Source 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00

Alternative DSS Income Support* 9,590 12,980 23,110 26,520 38,280

Wife Pension (Age and Disability

Support) 4,100 5,500 10,000 11,600 17,000

Disability Support/Carers pension 1,320 1,830 3,360 4,070 5,800

Widows B/Sole Parent pension 3,020 4,030 3,650 50 80

JSA/NSA/Sickness Allowance

(own right)** 250 320 3,800 8,100 11,700

JSA/NSA/Sickness Allowance

(with partner) 900 1,300 2,300 2,700 3,700

Percentage receiving alternative

DSS income support 80% 80% 79% 78% 78%

Other income source 2,470 3,310 6,290 7,680 10,920

Continue full-time/part-time

employment 1,927 2,582 4,906 5,990 8,518

Partner's wage/salary, partner's

or own business, superannuation

or other retirement scheme,

workers compensation, rent, farm

or property income etc 543 728 1,384 1,690 2,402

Percentage relying on other

income source 20% 20% 21% 22% 22%

Women whose eligibility for age

pension will be postponed by at

least 6 months# 12,060 16,290 29,400 34,200 49,200

* estimates based on structure of DSS payments prior to Partners Allowance

and Widows Allowance initiatives

** includes Mature Age Allowance until 1 July 1996. Continuation of this

payment will be subject to review in 1995

# figures show progressive increase in numbers of women affected by the

increase in age pension age.