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Friday, 5 June 1970


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for External Territories, upon notice:

By what criteria does the Administration of the Territory of Papua and New Guinea determine whether or not a widow was dependent upon the earnings of a deceased worker before his death.


Mr Barnes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Under the Workers' Compensation Ordinance 1958-1969, in default of agreement between the parties, the question of whether or not a widow is dependent upon the earnings of a deceased worker is determined by arbitration by a District Court.

The Ordinance does noi define the criteria to be used in assessing dependency upon the earnings of a deceased worker. Whether or not a widowwas dependent upon the earnings of a deceased worker before bis death is a question of fact to be determined according to the circumstances of each case.







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