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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1323

Question No. 470

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs , upon notice, on 7 September 1983:

(1) How many (a) World War I veterans and (b) dependent spouses are currently receiving pensions.

(2) How many (a) World War II, (b) Korean/ Malaysian/Far Eastern Strategic Reserve and (c) Vietnam, (i) veterans, (ii) dependent spouses and (iii) dependent children of the veterans are currently receiving pensions.

Mr Holding —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) For World War I there are 7,456 veterans and 25,046 dependent spouses currently receiving pensions.

(2) For World War II there are 243,781 veterans, 247,282 dependent spouses and 9,027 dependent children receiving pensions.

For Korean/Malaysian/Far Eastern Strategic Reserve there are 4,579 veterans, 4, 006 dependent spouses and 1,673 dependent children currently receiving pensions.

For Vietnam there are 7,108 veterans, 5,706 dependent spouses and 9,228 dependent children currently receiving pensions.

These figures are as at 30 June 1983.

Note: Dependent spouses and children include widows and children of deceased veterans.

The Vietnam figures represent 97 per cent of pensioners eligible under the Special Overseas Service Act.