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Government to preserve invalidity service pensions.

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The Hon Bruce Scott MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Federal Member for Maranoa


Tuesday 23 November 1999




The Federal Government has moved to ease the concerns of veterans receiving the invalidity service pension, with the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Scott, announcing the government will preserve their existing entitlements.


Mr Scott said the Government had decided not to go ahead with a review of around 1750 invalidity service pensions, after considering a Senate committee report on new assessment criteria for the pension. Some 13,500 veterans currently receive the pension.


“The Senate inquiry revealed widespread concern among invalidity service pensioners that they were about to lose their entitlements, although most of them would not have had their cases reviewed,” Mr Scott said.


“The Government has decided that, subject to the relevant legislation being passed, the new criteria will only apply to decisions made to grant an invalidity service pension on or after 1 January 2000.”


The invalidity service pension was introduced in 1936 for younger veterans under 60 who were ineligible for service pension under the repatriation system, but were unable to work because of their disabilities, whether war caused or not.


The new assessment criteria will bring the invalidity service pension into line with the existing test applied to the special (TPI) rate of disability pension.


The Minister said he was now looking forward to the passage of the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999, which will implement a number of initiatives announced in the 1999 Federal Budget.



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