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Tuesday, 19 April 1966

Mr Webb b asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that an ex-serviceman on a 100 per cent, rate of war pension can also receive unemployment benefit?

2.   If the ex-serviceman is placed on the intermediate rate of pension, does he then become ineligible to receive unemployment benefit?

3.   If so, does this mean that a war pensioner is in a better financial position if he is on the 100 per cent, rate than if his pension is increased to the intermediate rate?

Mr Sinclair - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   No. A war pensioner on a 100 per cent, rate receives a continuing weekly pension of $12.00. If his pension is increased to the intermediate rate he receives a continuing pension of $20.25 a week. This latter rate is $8.25 more than the 100 per cent. rate. $8.25 is also the rate of unemployment or sickness benefit temporarily payable to a single person.

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