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Wednesday, 5 March 1980
Page: 607

Senator Grimes asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 26 February 1980:

(1)   Does the Department of Social Security regularly use long questionnaires to investigate the eligibility of about 200 unemployment beneficiaries each fortnight.

(2)   Does the Department of Social Security ever investigate, at Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) offices or on a random basis in the community, 200 unemployed persons who are eligible for unemployment benefit but are not receiving it; if not, is this an indication that the Department is more interested in taking people off unemployment benefit than seeing that unemployed people get their rights.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and (2) The Department continuously carries out routine reviews of unemployment beneficiaries to ensure that payments are being correctly made in accordance with the requirement of the Social Services Act.

The Department has an extensive National Information Program which aims at ensuring that persons eligible for a Social Security service or benefit, know of their rights, entitlements and obligations.

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