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Tuesday, 7 December 1976


Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans ' Affairs, upon notice:

What proportion of eligible males aged (a) 60, (b) 61, (c) 62, (d) 63 and (e) 64 years apply for the service pension.


Mr Newman - The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Information on the proportion of eligible males who are in the categories listed and apply for the service pension is not available.

There are an estimated 91 200 veterans aged 60-64 who served in a theatre of war and may thus be eligible to receive a service pension, subject to an income test. At 30 June 1976, 28 000 veterans aged 60-64 years were receiving a service pension. This is 3 1 per cent of the estimated figure of 9 1 200 surviving veterans.

The following are the approximate numbers, by age, of those eligible veterans who are currently in receipt of a service pension:

 







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