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Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Page: 2555


Mr Beazley asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 21 March 2002:

What would be the cost for (a) 2002-2003, (b) 2003-2004 and (c) 2004-2005, of extending the Gold Card to those over the age of 70 to Australian residents who served in the armed forces of (i) Great Britain and (ii) Australia's World War II allies other than those of Great Britain.


Mrs Vale (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The estimated net cost to the Commonwealth of such an extension of the Gold Card is:

(i)

(ii)

(a)

2002-2003

$54.9m

$12.3m

(b)

2003-2004

$64.2m

$13.9m

(c)

2004-2005

$73.2m

$15.9m

These costs are for veterans of 70 years of age and over who served in armed forces of (i) Great Britain and (ii) Australia's World War II Allies other than those of Great Britain, who have at least 10 years of Australian residency.