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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

P.O. B O X 1 2 06. B O O R A G O O N . W .A . 6 1 5 4 SUITE 8. GATEWAY MELVILLE CITY CENTRE BOORAGOON TEL. (09) 364 5554

PETER SHACK, NI.P. FEDERAL MEMBER FOR TANGNEY SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUTH AFFAIRS

MEDIA RELEASE. 5 JUNE, 1985. T41/85

"ASSETS TEST ANOMALIES REMAIN"

The Federal Labour Government's fifth attempt to get its Assets Test right will not put an end to the tests

anomalies according to Mr Peter Shack, the Federal Member for Tangney.

"There are a whole new series of complexities and administrative difficulties resulting from the latest changes to the test," Mp Shack said.

"These changes will contribute to putting further excessive controls on the affairs of old people in to the hands of the bureaucracy.

"Even with these changes the basic Assets Test remains in place with all its inherent problems," he added.

Mr Shack said that the changes did not resolve the problems of those who own land which is not providing them with an income, nor do they resolve the discrimination against pensioners who rent their homes.

"These are just a couple of examples of hardship being created by the arbitrary and erratic nature of the Assets.Test," Mr Shack said.

"Pensioners are going to find it harder than ever to understand where they actually stand under the Assets Test guidelines," he said, "And this can only create more confusion and anxiety."

"It's about time that the Government recognised, as the Opposition does, that only the complete abolition of the Assets Test will do," Mr Shack concluded.

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