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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 410

Mr SNEDDEN - Does the Treasurer accept as a policy objective that the unemployment benefit should be equal to a person's former average weekly earnings?

Mr CREAN - The level of the unemployment benefit generally is a matter for Cabinet decision. The matter of special payments in special circumstances is also one for Cabinet decision. One would hope that in a wellorganised community unemployment would not exist. Surely the higher that the unemployment benefit is the more disposed will society be to face up to the problem that it has still to pay a person the best part of a wage for doing nothing, and that a more constructive attitude is to -pay a living wage for doing something.

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