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Wednesday, 9 March 1977
Page: 11

Mr LIONEL BOWEN -I direct my question to the Prime Minister. I refer to the national compensation legislation which was introduced by the previous Labor Government and which provided that people who suffered injury were entitled to receive 85 per cent of their normal weekly earnings. I refer also to the compensation paid to the victims of the Darwin cyclone. Is the Prime Minister aware that the provisions of that compensation legislation were applicable to the people who were injured in the Darwin cyclone? Is he aware that some 30 people have been receiving compensatory benefits in accordance with the terms of that national compensation legislation? Is he aware that the Government has now decided to terminate those compensation payments as from the 31st of this month? Accordingly, as many people have suffered permanent injury- there are 2 paraplegics as a result of the Darwin cyclone in my electorate- will he urgently reconsider the situation in order that these people who suffered permanent damage and also those who are the dependants of deceased people will receive substantial compensation as, in fact, was applied to all those in Darwin who suffered property loss?

Mr MALCOLM FRASER - I shall examine the position and see what information can be given to the honourable gentleman.

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