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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
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Mr Hayden asked the. 'Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that in each State financial assistance is available on the basis of a regular weekly, payment for deserted wives and the wives of prisoners in the first 6 months of these conditions and for single mothers supporting dependent children.

(2)   Is it also a fact that half of the cost of this assistance is met by the Commonwealth.

(3)   If these are facts, is similar- assistance available in the Northern Territory; if so, on what conditions and at what rate of payment; if not, why not.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes, up to half the cost of widows' pensions which would be paid if these women were qualified to receive them.

(3)   The matter of welfare assistance in the Northern Territory for persons falling outside the provisions of the Social Services Act is one for my colleague, the Minister for the Interior.

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