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Tuesday, 9 March 1971
Page: 751


Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

What was the cost of providing (a) sickness benefits and (b) unemployment benefits to persons whose incapacity or unemployment was caused by (i) industrial accidents or diseases and (ii) road accidents during the latest year for which figures are available.


Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Separate statistics relating to sickness benefits paid to persons incapacitated for work as a result of industrial accidents or diseases and road accidents are not maintained. The cost of sickness benefit paid to persons incapacitated for work in such circumstances is accordingly not available.

To qualify for unemployment benefit it is essential for a claimant to be able and willing to work. Persons unable to work as a result of industrial accidents or diseases and road accidents accordingly would not qualify for unemployment benefit. Sickness benefit would be the appropriate payment in such cases.







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