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Wednesday, 22 August 1984
Page: 194

(Question No. 903)

Senator Messner asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 30 May 1984:

(1) What is the likely cost to the social security budget of the decision of the Cocos and Keeling Islands to become part of Australia.

(2) Are any detailed estimates of the likely costs available, by pension/ benefit/allowance or program breakdown.

Senator Grimes —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) The cost of providing social security entitlement to Cocos and Keeling Islanders is estimated to be of the order of $0.3m in a full year.

(2) It is expected that about $150,000 of this expenditure would be on pensions , $100,000 on family income supplement and $50,000 on family allowances.