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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26335


Senator RIDGEWAY (2:27 PM) —My question without notice is to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Patterson. On the eve of the Athens Olympics, why is it that Australia still does not have a social security bilateral and reciprocal agreement with Greece? Given that Greece and Australia enjoy a close and constructive relationship, is the minister aware that a bilateral social security agreement with Greece would provide coordination between our social security system and that of Greece and help prevent the lost benefit protection that can occur when workers divide their careers between two countries?