Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Full Day's HansardDownload Full Day's Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2558


Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that a person dismissed from or obliged to leave his place of employment due to ill-health and who receives a lump sum payment for long service to his employer, is unable to receive sickness benefit until such time as the furlough payment is exhausted at the normal weekly rate of pay.

(2)   If so, in view of section 108 of the Social Services Act, what is the reason for this approach to a person who is temporarily incapacitated for work by reason of sickness and has thereby suffered a loss of wages.


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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Section 108 of the Social Services Act provides, inter alia, that to qualify for sickness benefit a person must establish that he is temporarily incapacitated for work by reason of sickness or accident and has thereby suffered a loss of salary, wages or other income. A person who receives a payment for long service leave or furlough at his normal weekly rate of pay either in a lump sum or by instalments, has not suffered a loss of salary or wages for the period represented by the amount of the payment.







Suggest corrections