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Thursday, 27 April 1972
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Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   On what grounds were applications for unemployment benefit which were lodged with his Department in Victoria during February 1972, rejected.

(2)   How many applications were rejected on each of these grounds.

(3)   By what means was his Department able to determine whether persons were ineligible for unemployment benefit on the ground that, in the case of the State Electricity Commission industrial dispute in Victoria during February 1972, they were members of a Union participating in or sponsoring an industrial dispute.

(4)   How many applicants for unemployment benefit have been sent letters to date (a) rejecting their applications on the unspecified grounds that they were ineligible within the terms of the Social Services Act and (b) advising that the Department had made an error in refusing the application and that a cheque was being forwarded for the days approved for benefit.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Please see my Press statement of 15th March 1972 copies of which are available in the Parliamentary Library.

(2)   3,981 claims were rejected on the grounds that the applicants were members of a Union participating in or sponsoring a strike which resulted in their unemployment and 473 claims were rejected on other grounds.

(3)   By an examination of the applications for unemployment benefit and supporting papers.

(4)   (a) 3,996

(b)   Fifteen appeals were upheld on review.

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