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Wednesday, 21 August 1985
Page: 86


Senator MESSNER —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. In his current mood of providing information to the Senate, I invite him to comment on last night's social security announcements. I ask: Will the new carer's pension be made available only to people providing constant care to pensioner spouses or near relatives who are pensioners?


Senator GRIMES —That is my understanding. I will check it with the Minister for Social Security.


Senator MESSNER —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Will people providing constant care for service pensioners, spouses or near relatives who are service pensioners be eligible for the carer's pension?


Senator GRIMES —I do not know the answer to that question. I will find out from the Minister for Social Security.