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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
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Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 23 September 2002:

(1) How many Commonwealth and allied veterans, by country, in receipt of a service pension have returned to their countries of origin and continued to receive payment.


Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) It is not possible to confirm the actual numbers of Commonwealth and Allied veterans in receipt of service pension from the Department of Veterans' Affairs who have returned to their countries of origin. There are currently 480 Commonwealth and Allied veterans, who are in receipt of the service pension and living overseas but the Department of Veterans' Affairs database does not enable easy verification as to whether or not they are living in their country of origin or another country.

Country

No.

Canada

2

Croatia

10

Cyprus

4

France

3

FYR of Macedonia

50

Greece

65

India

1

Macedonia

2

Malta

24

New Zealand

16

Norway

1

Poland

7

Serbia

2

Slovenia

3

The Netherlands

6

United Kingdom

271

USA

5

Vietnam

1

Yugoslavia

7

TOTAL

480

There is no reciprocal agreement between Australia and any other countries with respect to pension matters.