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Tuesday, 29 March 1966


Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) d asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   In which year was provision made for a grant towards the cost of funeral expenses of an exserviceman; (a) who dies in indigent circumstances or (b) whose death is due to war service?

2.   What was the maximum rate of this grant when the provision was first made?

3.   What is the maximum amount today, and in which year was the amount last increased?

4.   Does the amount today represent the same value in relation to the cost of a funeral as it did when the provision was first introduced; if not, why has the grant not been increased?


Mr Swartz - The Minister for Repatriation has supplied the following information - 1 and 2. In 1919, provision was made in repatriation legislation for a grant of up to £10 ($20) towards the funeral expenses of an exserviceman who died in indigent circumstances. In 1923, provision was made for a grant of up to £15 ($30) towards the funeral expenses of an exserviceman whose death was due to war service.

3.   The present maximum payment towards funeral expenses of an ex-serviceman whose death is due to war service or who dies in indigent circumstances is $50. The rate was last increased in 1952.

4.   The funeral grant is only one of a very wide range of repatriation benefits and allowances, rates of which are reviewed from time to time. An increase in this grant has not had equal priority with other changes which the Government has made in repatriation provisions, and which include both widened eligibilities and substantial increases in rates.







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