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Thursday, 21 September 1972
Page: 1857

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

What percentage of average male weekly earnings will (a) the special (TP1) rate pension and (b) the general (100 per cent) rate pension represent at the new rates announced by the Treasurer on 15th August 1972 (Hansard, 20th September 1967, page 1175; 28th August 1969; page 917; 16th October 1970, page 2363; 28th April 1971, page 2213 and 23rd May 1972, page 2954).

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

Related to the June 1972 quarter average male weekly earnings ($97.10) the percentages are:

(a)   49.23 per cent.

(b)   14.2 per cent.

Most ex-servicemen pensioned at the general (100 per cent) rate also receive the 100 per cent rate of special compensation allowance ($6 a week). In such cases, the total compensation represents 20.6 per cent of average male weekly earnings for the June quarter 1972.

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