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2016-2017

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017

 

 

( 1 )     Schedule  6 , Part  1 , page 142 (after line 11) , at the end of the Part, add:

4A  Subsection 729(1)

After “subsection”, insert “(1A) or”.

4B  After subsection 729(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  The Secretary must determine that a special benefit should be granted to a person for a period if:

                     (a)  the person meets the eligibility requirements for widow allowance in Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part 2.8A; and

                     (b)  the person is not qualified for widows allowance on the basis of subsection 408AA(2); and

                     (c)  the person is not qualified for newstart allowance; and

                     (d)  the person is not qualified for the aged pension.

4C  Paragraph 733(1)(b)

Before “the value”, insert “subject to subsection (1A),”.

4D  After subsection 733(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  If subsection 729(1A) applies to a person, whether the value of the person’s assets exceeds the person’s assets value limit is to be determined by reference to section 408CE (the assets test applying in relation to widow allowance).

[cessation of widow allowance]