Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1559


Senator DONALD CAMERON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services. Is the Minister aware that officers of the Department of Social Services in Adelaide have been inundated with inquiries following newspaper advertisements advising that the upper income and property limits under the means test have been raised? Is it a fact that the staff of the Department are embarrassed and indignant because they have not been supplied with complete details of the new means test and are unable to give the information required? Will the Minister recommend that all officers of the Department and its agencies and members of Parliament be supplied with the necessary information to assist them in helping people-


The PRESIDENT - Order! I do not think the honourable senator can ask a Minister representing another Minister a question in the context of new policy. However, I will allow the honourable senator to finish his question.


Senator DONALD CAMERON - I am asking the Minister whether he will recommend that to the Minister for Social Services. He can make up his own mind as to whether he does.


The PRESIDENT - Order! I will be instructed by myself and not by the honourable senator.


Senator DONALD CAMERON - I will complete the question.


The PRESIDENT - I have already asked the honourable senator to complete his question.


Senator DONALD CAMERON - Will the Minister recommend that all officers of the Department and its agencies and members of Parliament be supplied with the necessary information to assist them in helping people who have not previously applied for a pension but who now may be eligible under the new provisions to obtain their just entitlements?


Senator GREENWOOD (VICTORIA) (Attorney-General) - I am not aware of the details on which the honourable senator has based his question. I understand that he has some knowledge of a particular situation in South Australia. I am quite sure that all members of the Parliament would be generally aware of the details because amending legislation to the Social Services Act passed through the Parliament only recently. To that extent we have all been informed of certain changes which have taken place. I will certainly convey to the Minister for Social Services the fact that Senator Donald Cameron has some knowledge of administrative difficulties, with a view to having them rectified. The record of the Minister for Social Services is such that I am quite sure that when this matter is brought to his attention he will act promptly.







Suggest corrections