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Thursday, 6 December 1973
Page: 4371

Mr COATES (DENISON, TASMANIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Social Security. The Minister will be aware of the increased importance of the payment of pensions to pensioners as the end of the year approaches. I ask the Minister whether he will make the necessary arrangements so that pension payments due just after Christmas will be paid before Christmas.

Mr HAYDEN - Arrangements have been made to achieve this end. The payment date for age and invalid pensions would be 27 December but it has been advanced to 21 December in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory and to 24 December in all other States and the Northern Territory. The payment date for widows' pensions, supporting mothers' benefits, child endowment and orphans' benefits has been advanced from 1 January 1974 to 27 December in South Australia and the Northern Territory and to 28 December in all other States and the Australian Capital Territory. The Department of Social Security will also pay all unemployment sickness, and special benefits a week in advance during the holiday period.

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