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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr Minogue (WEST SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

1.   Has the review of social service pensions of pensioners who are also in receipt of Commonwealth superannuation yet been completed?

2.   If so, how many age, invalid and widows' pensions have been (a) reduced and (b) cancelled?

3.   What is the reduced liability per annum in relation to (a) and (b)?

Mr Sinclair - The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

It is assumed that the honourable member's inquiry concerns the Government's decision, announced in the Budget Speech, to increase the Consolidated Revenue proportion of existing superannuation pensions up to the amount that would have been payable if retirement had taken place on 30th June 1967.

At the time of preparation of this answer the legislation to give effect to the decision had not received the Royal Assent. The review of social service pensions of persons affected by the decision cannot be commenced until the Department receives advice of the new rates of superannuation pensions payable to the superannuitants.

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