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A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 and the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 to increase payments to single age pensioners by $30 per week, and for related purposes.
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Registered 23 Sep 2008
Introduced Senate 22 Sep 2008

2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urgent Relief for Single Age Pensioners Bill 2008

 

No.      , 2008

 

(Senator Coonan)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to increase payments to single age pensioners by $30 per week, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 1

4............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Urgent relief for single age pensioners                                         3

Social Security Act 1991                                                                                            3

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              4

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Social Security Act 1991 and the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 to increase payments to single age pensioners by $30 per week, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Urgent Relief for Single Age Pensioners Act 2008.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences, or is taken to have commenced, on 20 September 2008.

3  Objects

                   Recognising that the Government:

                     (a)  has acknowledged that it is virtually impossible for single age pensioners to meet essential expenses on the current pension rate, yet has refused to act and instead expects struggling pensioners to wait until yet another review is completed;

                     (b)  has a responsibility to act immediately to ensure that the entire pension payment system appropriately addresses these pressures;

the objects of this Act are to:

                     (c)  increase the single age pension, single age service pension and the Widow B pension by $30 per week;

                     (d)  provide immediate relief to single age pensioners, single age service pensioners and Widow B pensioners struggling with rising cost of living pressures;

                     (e)  provide the first step in ensuring that the Government acts immediately and accepts its responsibilities to take the urgent action required to assist all pensioners.

4  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Urgent relief for single age pensioners

  

Social Security Act 1991

1  Section 55

Omit “A person’s age pension rate”, substitute “Subject to section 56, a person’s age pension rate”.

2  After section 55

Insert:

56  Increased pension rate for single age pensioners

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a person is qualified for the age pension under this Part; and

                     (b)  the age pension is payable to that person under this Part; and

                     (c)  the person is not a member of a couple;

then, for the purpose of making payments under Division 4 of Part 3 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1991, the person’s age pension rate is worked out by adding an amount equivalent to $30 per week to the person’s age pension rate calculated under section 55.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the age pension rate determined under this section is not to be used for any other purpose, including for the calculation of any other benefit or fee under this Act or any other Act.

3  Section 376

Omit “A woman’s Widow B pension rate”, substitute “Subject to section 377, a woman’s Widow B pension rate”.

4  After section 376

Insert:

377  Increased pension rate for Widow B pensioners

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a woman is qualified for the Widow B pension under this Part; and

                     (b)  the Widow B pension is payable to the woman under this Part;

then, for the purpose of making payments under Division 4 of Part 3 of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1991, the woman’s Widow B pension rate is worked out by adding an amount equivalent to $30 per week to the woman’s Widow B pension rate calculated under section 376.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the Widow B pension rate determined under this section is not to be used for any other purpose, including for the calculation of any other benefit or fee under this Act or any other Act.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

5  Section 36N

Omit “A veteran’s age service pension rate”, substitute “Subject to section 36P, a veteran’s age service pension rate”.

6  After section 36N

Insert:

36P  Increased pension rate for single age service pensioners

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a veteran is qualified for the age service pension under this Part; and

                     (b)  the age service pension is payable to that veteran under this Part; and

                     (c)  the veteran is not a member of a couple;

then, for the purpose of making payments under Part VIII, the veteran’s age service pension rate is worked out by adding an amount equivalent to $30 per week to the veteran’s age service pension rate calculated under section 36N.

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the age service pension rate determined under this section is not to be used for any other purpose, including for the calculation of any other benefit or fee under this Act or any other Act.