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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1576

(Question No. 1672)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 24 August 1984:

Will the assets test apply to Aborigines who are landowners as a result of (a) land rights grants or titles, (b) the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Heritage legislation and (c) a purchase of land.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) (b) and (c) Under the proposed assets test the net market value of all real estate owned by a person, apart from the person's home and the area of land used in association with the home for domestic purposes (curtilage), will be taken into account for pension purposes.

Where real estate is formally held in trust by a community, the value of that asset will not affect the pension entitlement of individual members of the community.