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Notice given 18 July 2003

1640  Senator Brown: To ask the Minister for Family and Community Services—With reference to the Carer’s Allowance:

(1) What adjustment did the Commonwealth make to the Carer’s Allowance in the 2003-04 Budget.

(2) What assessment was made of the impact of the goods and services tax in eroding the real value of the Carer’s Allowance.

(3) What assessment has the Commonwealth conducted of the financial cost savings to government of the provision of unpaid community care.

(4) What assessment did the Commonwealth conduct with regard to the adequacy of the Carer’s Allowance.