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Tuesday, 31 May 1960

Mr Uren n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   How many ex-servicemen from (a) World War I and (b) World War II are totally and permanently incapacitated pensioners?

2.   How many of these pensioners are (a) single, (b) married and (c) widowers?

3.   How many ex-servicemen have been accepted as totally and permanently incapacitated pensioners since the 1st November, 1955?

4.   How many wives of totally and permanently incapacitated pensioners are eligible for the benefits of the Pensioner Medical Service, and what is the annual cost of this service?

5.   How many widows of totally and permanently incapacitated pensioners are receiving a pension?

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   As at 30th June, 1960 (a) 11,823, (b) 5,763.

2.   The Repatriation Department does not maintain a statistical summary of the marital status of this class of pensioner.

3.   10,063 from 1st November,1955, to 30th April, 1960.

4.   The Repatriation Department has no information available in relation to this matter; the control of the Pensioner Medical Service does not come within the ambit of its administration.

5.   In reply to this question I would point out that under the provisions of the Repatriation Act, the widow of a war pensioner who at the time of his death was in receipt of pension at the totally and permanently incapacitated rate automatically receives the same war pension and other benefits as a " widow " whose husband's death is accepted as due to war service. Separate statistics for the former class are not kept.

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