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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3682

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to concern at the delay in hearings of the Social Security Appeals Tribunals.

(2)   Is it considered that a 2 month wait is too long for a person who may be deprived of a pension, his only form of income, until the appeal is heard.

(   3 ) What action is being taken to reduce the delay.

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

(   1 ) On 5 November 1 976I held discussions in Melbourne with members of the Social Security Appeals Tribunals and Departmental officers. One of the purposes of the meeting was to see what steps could be taken to reduce the time between the lodgment of an appeal and a decision being made by the Tribunal. It is hoped that steps being taken following these discissions will achieve this result.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   Additional members are being appointed to the Tribunals where this is necessary. In addition, Departmental procedures are being reviewed to endeavour to provide the necessary information to the Tribunals more quickly.

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