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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3155

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Veterans ' Affairs, upon notice, on 30 April 1 980:

Will the Government reduce the proportion of war pensions, including (a) the general rate, (b) the special rate and (c) family allowances, included as income for determining means-tested pension entitlements, with a view to eliminating this proportion within the life of one Parliament.

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

The income test for Repatriation service pensions in the Repatriation Act already provides that 50 per cent of any disability pension, including those received under the General Rate and Special Rate of Repatriation pensions, payable to a veteran and his wife is regarded as income for the purpose of assessing the amount of service pension payable.

The income test provisions are considered from time to time in the Budget context.

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