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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1273

Senator HANNAN asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister:

Is it a fact that in the Commonwealth Public Service furlough is not paid to the legal representatives of a single person whereas it is paid to the representatives of a married person. If so, will the Minister undertake to examine and remove this strange anomaly.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The Prime Minister has been advised by the Public Service Board that the Public Service Act 1922-1968 and the Commonwealth Employees' Furlough Act 1943-1968 provide respectively that, upon the death of an officer or employee, the Public Service Board may authorise payment in lieu of furlough only to the dependants of the officer or employee. Payment to dependants is made regardless of the marital status of the deceased officer or employee.

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