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Friday, 26 May 1989
Page: 2876

(Question No. 718)

Senator Macklin asked the Minister for Community Services and Health, upon notice, on 8 December 1988:

(1) Why was the Training Allowance for the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (CRS) clients undertaking formal education reduced from $92 per fortnight to $60 per fortnight in the 1988/89 Budget.

(2) Will the Minister acknowledge that as there are only approximately 600 such CRS clients, savings to the Government will be negligible, whilst the effect on the clients themselves will be disastrous and will decrease the clients' chances of re-entering the workforce.

Senator Cook —The Minister for Community Services and Health has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Training Allowance for CRS clients was reduced to bring it into line with similar payments made by the Department of Employment, Education and Training. The Government has for some time been seeking to achieve a consistent approach to the range of assistance offered to people undertaking formal courses.

(2) No.