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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 2954

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

What percentage of average male weekly earnings will (a) the special (TPI) rate pension and (b) the general (100 per cent) rate pension represent at the new rates announced by the Treasurer on 11th April 1972 (Hansard, 20th September 1967, page 1175; 28th August 1969, page 917; 16lh October 1970, page 2363 and 28th April 1971, page 2213).

Mr Holten - The answers to the honourable member's question are as follows:

Related to the December 1971 quarter average male weekly earnings ($95.60) the percentages were

(a)   46.55 per cent

(b)   12.55 per cent

The honourable member is no doubt aware that most ex-servicemen pensioned at the 100 per cent general rate also receive the 100 per cent rate of special compensation allowance. In such cases the total compensation represents 18.83 per cent of average male weekly earnings for the December quarter of 1971.

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