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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 3569

Mr Bennett (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   Are checks conducted to ensure that market value is received for funeral subsidies paid.

(2)   Can the Minister say whether funeral costs could be inflated because funeral insurance and subsidies are available.

(3)   If so will the Minister investigate the high costs charged to families of the deceased where subsidies have been paid over the last 12 months.

Mr Bryant - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No.

(2)   The question of the cost of a funeral is a matter of private arrangement between the person providing the service and his client. However, the knowledge that a funeral benefit is payable in respect of the deceased person could inflate that cost thus defeating the purpose of the benefit.

(3)   This seems to be a matter on which consideration by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Prices would be more appropriate than a Ministerial inquiry.

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