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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What percentage increases have been made in (a) workers' compensation and (b) third party insurance premiums in each State and Territory since the report presented on 26 September 1975 by the working party of officials on the financial aspects of the National Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme.

(2)   What amounts were paid in (a) workers' compensation and ( b) third party insurance premiums in 1 975-76.

(3)   What amounts are expected to be paid in (a) workers' compensation and (b) third party insurance premiums in 1976-77.

(4)   What amounts were paid out in (a) workers' compensation and (b) third party (i) benefits, (ii) legal expenses, (iii) hospital and medical expenses and (iv) administration expenses and commissions in 1975-76.

Mr Hunt -The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) Workers ' compensation and third party insurance premiums are determined on a differential basis. Increases in workers' compensation premiums may vary according to the nature ofthe industry and, for third party insurance, according to such factors as class of vehicle and area classification. Details of increases since 26 September 197S are not available in my Department.

I would mention that figures contained in the reports of working parties tabled in the Parliament on 28 October 1975 by the then Minister for Repatriation and Compensation, Senator the Hon. John M. wheeldon, are national aggregates and not a break-up for each State and Territory. Further, the figures are estimates only and not actual amounts.

(2)   I am advised that consolidated figures for a particular financial year do not become available until well into the following financial year. Figures for the year 1975-76 are not yet available.

(   3 ) This is a matter mainly for the State authorities.

(4)   See (2) above.

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