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Senator Sue Boyce Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

Telephone: (07) 3510 3100 Facsimile: (07) 3510 3111



No Help for Poor

In a rerun of the pensioner’s debate, FAHCSIA told an Estimates Committee last night that the poorest single parents in Australia will have to wait months to learn if they are to receive Government help.

During questioning about the effect of the new Child Support regime, FAHCSIA told Liberal Senator for Queensland, Senator Sue Boyce, that "less than 1000" child support recipients who were already receiving the maximum Family Tax Benefit had received reduced income support.

"FAHCSIA told the Committee they were monitoring this and would be reporting to Minister Macklin in December.

"This group of parents, mainly women, are among the poorest families in Australia. The Government knows they have been losers under the new Child Support regime but waits for a report," Senator Boyce said.

FAHCSIA said 395 letters of complaints had been received by the Minister about the new Child Support system, fewer than anticipated.

Earlier in Estimates hearings, the Child Support Agency said they had received 10347 complaints and 19108 objections.


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