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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2309

Senator KEEFFE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services, upon notice-:

(1)   Is the Minister aware that all persons in receipt of unemployment and sickness benefits who reside in Salvation Army Hostels have had such benefits withdrawn during the past few weeks.

(2)   Was this action taken in an effort to reduce registered unemployment figures to a politically acceptable level, and account for the drop of 4,000 registered unemployed in last month's figures.

(3)   Did the Department of Social Services Also withdraw unemployment and sickness benefits from such persons who are resident in St Vincent de Paul and other hostels run by church and various charitable bodies.

(4)   Will the Minister take immediate and appropriate action to allow the people referred to to re-register and have their social service benefits restored.

Senator GREENWOOD The Minister for Social Services has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   to (4) Benefit is withdrawn only in those cases where the persons concerned are employed by, those organisations or otherwise.

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