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Thursday, 5 February 2009
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Mrs Markus asked the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, in writing, on 4 December 2008:

In respect of the Partner Service Pensions:

(a)   how many recipients will lose their entitlements after 1 July 2009;

(b)   how many of these are former partners of Vietnam Veterans; and

(c)   what is the expected saving for this loss of entitlement.

Mr Griffin (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(a)   The number will depend on those separated partners who are assessed as illness separated or meet the special domestic circumstances criteria. The number is estimated to be in the order of 475-500.

(b)   Approximately 340-365 are former partners of Vietnam Veterans.

(c)   Net savings of $28 million over four years are expected.