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Notice given 19 June 2006

2098  Senator McLucas: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs—

(1) How many young women: (a) under the age of 16 years; and (b) from 16 to 18 years, have claimed the Maternity Payment since its introduction.

(2) Has there been an increase in teenage pregnancies since the introduction of the Maternity Payment.