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Thursday, 6 October 1983
Page: 1519

Question No. 459

Mr Blanchard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 7 September 1983:

How many appeals against the withdrawal of unemployment benefits were (a) conceded by the Department of Social Security, (b) upheld by the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, (c) disallowed by the Tribunal, (d) disallowed by the Department after favourable recommendation and (e) withdrawn in 1982-83.

Dr Blewett —The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The statistics of appeals relating to unemployment benefit do not categorise the subject matter of appeals to the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (as, for instance, decisions not to grant unemployment benefit, or to cancel, suspend or vary the rate of a benefit or to recover an overpayment). Accordingly, there are no statistics relating to the 'withdrawal' of unemployment benefit as such. However, concerning the 2134 appeals relating to unemployment benefit which were finalised in 1982-83:

(a) 654 were conceded by the delegate of the Director-General without reference to the Tribunal;

(b) the Tribunal recommended that 440 be upheld in whole or in part;

(c) the Tribunal recommended that 576 be dismissed;

(d) the delegate of the Director-General dismissed 75 appeals after the Tribunal recommended in favour of the appellant; and

(e) 464 appeals were withdrawn or lapsed before consideration by the Tribunal.