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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3170


Mr Jacobi asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 29 April 1980:

(   1 ) Will the Minister bring up to date the figures provided in the answer to Question No. 132 (Hansard, 7 March 1978, page 497) concerning the financial aspects of the proposed National Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme.

(2)   Have the National Advisory Council for the Handicapped and the Standing Interdepartmental Committee on

Rehabilitation completed consideration of the scheme in formulating their advice on programs for the International Year for Disabled Persons 1 98 1 ; if so, will their recommendations be made public.

(3)   What was the (a) date and (b) outcome of the Minister's discussions of the scheme with State Governments as indicated in answer to Question No. 1713 (Hansard, 18 October 1977, page 2056).

(4)   What were the percentage increases in (a) workers' compensation and (b) compulsory third party insurance premiums from the figures for the 1974-75 financial year as indicated in the answer to Question No. 1748 (Hansard, 20 October 1977, pages 2301-2).


Mr Hunt -The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) On the basis of figures provided in the Office of the Insurance Commissioner's publication 'Selected Statistics on the General Insurance Industry for the year ended 30 June 1979'; the updated figures for 1978-79 are:

 

Separate figures for legal and hospital and medical costs are not published and must be estimated. If the ratios implicit in the reports of the Working Parties on the National Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme are applied to the actual amounts paid in benefits in 1978-79, the figures for legal and hospital and medical costs would have been:

 

(2)   The National Advisory Council for the Handicapped and the Standing Interdepartmental Committee on Rehabilitation have taken the issues involved into consideration in formulating proposals for the International Year of Disabled Persons. These proposals, which suggest an overall approach as well as some specific recommendations, will be made public.

(3)   (a) 10 May 1976.

(b)   There was broad agreement that any scheme should be jointly administered by Commonwealth and State Governments. A further meeting between Commonwealth and State Government officials took place on 23 and 24 June 1976. Extensive consultations with representatives of the general insurance industry were also undertaken, as well as with other interested groups. In the event, the matter proved very complex and no agreement to proceed with any form of a national scheme was reached.

(4)   Using the same basis as in the answer to Question No. 1748 (Hansard, 20 October 1977, pages 2301-2) the percentage increases in premiums between 1974-75 and 1978-79 were:

 







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