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No income testing of family allowances



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TREASURE!

EMBARGO

(RELEASE ...-

NO. 99

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STATEMENT BY THE TREASURER, THE HON. J. HOWARD, MP

The Treasurer, the Hon. J. Howard, MP, announced today .

that the Government had decided not to proceed with the

income testing of family allowances. .

Family allowances will therefore remain the same.

.The Treasurer also announced that the Government has

decided not to proceed with the taxation of certain welfare

payments. These payments are: '

. . Rehabilitation training allowance .

. Rehabilitation living-away-from-home allowance .

. Incentive allowance (rehabilitation)

. Invalid pension for persons under age pension age

. Sheltered employment allowance ■

. Repatriation service pension on account of unemployability

or pulmonary tuberculosis for persons under age pension

. ' age ' . ' ' ■ '

• . Tuberculosis allowance for persons under age pension

age, and . .

. Tuberculosis housekeeper allowance.

These decisions do not affect the basic' strategy of the

Budget. \

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The decisions will .increase the deficit by about

$24 million - a small amount in a Budget where total

expenditure is about $29,000 million.

CANBERRA

26 September 1978