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Western Victorian seniors and carers receive Budget bonuses.

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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E W

19 June 2007


More than 17,800 senior Australians and carers in Western Victoria will start receiving their Federal Budget bonuses this week.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said that the Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to provide one-off non-taxable bonus payments to eligible carers and senior Australians at a total cost of about $1.7 billion.

“The one-off payments will allow more than two million senior Australians and carers nationally to directly benefit from the Government’s record budget surplus and continued strong economic management,” Mr Hawker said.

“These benefits do not occur by accident. They are a direct result of the Coalition Government’s strong economic and budget management.

“Payments will be made from Wednesday, 20th June and be completed by Friday, 29th June”

Payments include: • Carer Payment recipients receive $1,000. • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Carer Service Pension recipients receive $1,000. • Carer Allowance recipients who also receive Wife Pension or the DVA Partner Service Pension will also

receive $1,000. • Carer Allowance recipients receive $600 for each eligible care receiver. • Senior Australians in receipt of Utilities Allowance receive $500 • Senior Australians eligible for the Senior Concessions Allowance receive $500.

A small number of Commonwealth Seniors Health Card customers will receive their payments by cheque, as they have not provided bank account details to Centrelink.

“Carers and senior Australians play an important role in our communities and it is appropriate that they share the benefit of strong economic management through these one-off payments,” Mr Hawker said.

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Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006