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Tuesday, 12 November 1985
Page: 1993

Senator WALTERS(6.14) —The Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) is obviously fudging. He obviously is deliberately ignoring exactly what I said. I asked him how much of the taxpayers' money was paid out in overpayments. He came back with some stupid answer. He said that when we look at it a very small amount of overpayment is made by the Department of Social Security. He said that some of the cases are not worth following up and so on. On this occasion we are told that an amount of taxpayers' money was paid out in overpayments because of a situation relating to industrial relations. We are told that the amount is never to be collected, that there is no intention to collect it. I am asking the Minister how much was that amount. What amount of money was paid out incorrectly in overpayments by the Department of Social Security in Western Australia? I ask him again: Can he give me that figure?