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Wednesday, 3 November 1976
Page: 2331

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

Are illegal migrants entitled to claim social security benefits pending their apprehension; if not, is there any reason to believe that the benefits are being paid to illegal migrants.

Mr Hunt - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

There is no specific prohibition in the Social Services Act on the payment of benefits to a person who entered Australia illegally.

In association with the amnesty arrangements for prohibited migrants announced earlier this year it was decided that applicants for amnesty could receive unemployment or sickness benefits if otherwise qualified.

ABC Broadcasting Time: Government and Opposition (Question No. 1371)

Mr Peter Johnson (BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Post and Telecommunications, upon notice:

Will he now provide an answer to my question No 1083 by 21 October 1976.

Mr Eric Robinson (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My reply to Question No. 1083 was published in the Hansard of 20 October 1976.

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