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Changes to help families and seniors.

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Twin City residents are set to benefit from the introduction of a number of new Federal Government measures. The new measures introduced on 1 January 2007 include; •People on income support who experience domestic violence from a family member, and remain at home after the family member has left, may receive a one-off Crisis Payment of approximately $230; •Carer Allowance to increase to $98.50 each fortnight for eligible recipients; •Carer Payment Special (Non Customer) Care Receivers Income and Asset Limits to increase which will mean more people with a higher income and assets will be able receive payment; •Double Orphan Pension Basic Rate to increase to $49.40 each fortnight; •Age Pensioners who have been living on a farm and rural residential property for 20 years may have that land, on the same title as the family home, excluded from the assets test. This $173.3 million Howard Government initiative will allow pensioners to receive a higher rate of pension, or enable people to become eligible for the pension for the first time. •Norway Social Security Agreement to commence allowing Australian residents who have lived and worked in Norway to access the Norwegian old age pension, disability and survivors’ pensions. •Introduction of the second stage of the Child Support reform, delivering a system which is fairer and put the needs of children first, based on the independent Parkinson Report recommendations including the introduction of reviewability of CSA decisions by the Social Security Appeals Tribunal and additional time for parents to settle agreed parenting arrangements before it affects Family Tax Benefit. “This year the Federal Government will spend nearly $28 billion to help families with children,” Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, said. “Families have continued to benefit under a Howard Government, through tax relief, more jobs, higher wages, and the lowest unemployment in thirty years,” Mr Lindsay said.