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Thursday, 17 October 1985
Page: 1492

(Question No. 505)

Senator Brownhill asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 11 September 1985:

(1) How many pensioners, who lost their pensions following the introduction of the assets test on 21 March 1985, have appealed against the decision.

(2) How many appeals have been successful.

(3) How many of the appeals in (1) and (2) are, or were, from primary producers.

Senator Grimes —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) At at 20 September 1985 there had been 2,074 appeals lodged under the assets test. That figure included persons who had either lost their pensions or who had their rate of pensions varied.

(2) As at 20 September 1985 there had been 446 appeals conceded by the department, 514 had been settled as the revaluation of property by the department was accepted by the pensioner and 31 had been upheld by the department following a recommendation from a Social Security Appeals Tribunal.

(3) Statistics indicating the occupation of an appellant are not kept by the Department of Social Security.