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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2554

Mr Hansen (WIDE BAY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Social

Services, upon notice:

Why are student children of recipients of sickness or unemployment benefits no longer regarded as dependent when they reach the age of 16 years.

Mr Wentworth (MACKELLAR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

When the unemployment and sickness benefits legislation was introduced in 1944 the Government of the day decided that the additional benefit for a child should cease at 16 years of age. Succesive Governments have confirmed this decision.

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