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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3253


Dr Klugman asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 30 April 1980:

(1)   Can the Minister say whether insurance companies place age limits on their sickness and accident policies.

(2   ) If this is the case, are provisions made under Commonwealth or State legislation for self-employed persons who wish to work beyond the age of 60 and are ineligible for workers' compensation; if so, what are these provisions.


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

(1)   and (2) I am not aware of the practices of individual private insurance companies or State Government insurance offices in regard to the age limits (if any) which they may impose upon sickness and accident policies offered by them. Pursuant to the Social Services Act 1947, sickness or special benefit could be payable to self-employed persons in the event of temporary incapacity for work, and in other circumstances age or invalid pension could be payable. I am not aware of any provisions in State legislation designed to provide sickness and accident insurance for self-employed persons who wish to work beyond the age of 60.







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