National Welfare Fund 01/01/1946 (7.5% levy) Like to know What happened to the fund and all the money accumulated.

Gino Iannazzo made this Freedom of Information request to Department of the Treasury

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From: Gino Iannazzo

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Dear Department of the Treasury,

My name is Gino Iannazzo, I'm the secretary of "Australian Pensioners Voice Inc." a group of voluntaries dedicated to stand up for Social Justice and Pensioners' Rights. Recently we found out that back on 01/01/1946 the Prime Minister Ben Chiefly, agreed to established "THE NATIONAL WELFARE FUND" by charging all Taxpayers a compulsory levy of 7.5%.
In the 50's was paid as one amount strait into the "CONSOLIDATED REVENUE ACCOUNT"
In 1985 under the Labor Government the Fund ceased to Exist yet the 7.5% levy continued to be collected as a proportion of the Income Tax Revenue.

We like to know what happened to the Fund and all the money accumulated and belonging to "THE AUSTRALIAN PENSIONERS"

Yours faithfully,

Gino Iannazzo

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Mr Iannazzo

 

I refer to your email  below of 10 October 2015 in which you sought access
to information under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act), in
particular:

 

"THE NATIONAL WELFARE FUND" by charging all Taxpayers a compulsory levy of
7.5%.

In the 50's was paid as one amount strait into the "CONSOLIDATED REVENUE
ACCOUNT

 

In 1985 under the Labor Government the Fund ceased to Exist yet the 7.5%
levy continued to be collected as a proportion of the Income Tax Revenue.

 

We like to know what happened to the Fund and all the money accumulated
and belonging to "THE AUSTRALIAN PENSIONERS"“.

 

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as the request is for information and not a document.

 

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The Treasury, Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2600
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From: Gino Iannazzo

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Dear FOI,

Please, the documentation that I'm after are:"NATIONAL WELFARE FUND REPEAL ACT 1985 No, 24, 1985" -C2004A03063

Plus the following Acts:

National Welfare Fund Act 1943
National Welfare Fund Act 1945
National Welfare Fund Act 1950
National Welfare Fund Act 1952

Yours sincerely,

Gino Iannazzo

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From: Gino Iannazzo

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Dear FOI,

Please, I kindly remand the Department of Treasury an answer to my request.

Best Regards

Yours sincerely,

Gino Iannazzo

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Department of the Treasury

Dear Mr Iannazzo,

Thank you for your email of 13 November 2015 regarding your FOI request. Your email of 13 October 2015 clarified that the documents you are requesting are the following:

National Welfare Fund Repeal Act 1985 No, 24, 1985
National Welfare Fund Act 1943
National Welfare Fund Act 1945
National Welfare Fund Act 1950
National Welfare Fund Act 1952

All of the documents that you have requested are publicly available on ComLaw via the following links:

www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2004A03063
www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C1943A00012
www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C1945A00041
www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C1950A00052
www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C1952A00065

We have been advised by the relevant Treasury Policy area that the predecessor of the Department of Social Services was primary department responsible for National Welfare Fund matters at the time. You may wish to approach the Department of Social Services at [email address].

Kind regards

FOI Team
Parliamentary & Legal Services Unit
The Treasury, Langton Crescent, Parkes ACT 2600
phone: (02) 6263 2800
fax: (02) 6263 4320
email: [email address]

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Bob Daprè left an annotation ()

The full history of the National Welfare Fund is covered in a July 1995 report 'Financing Social Security Payments: The Australian Experience' of the (then) Department of Social Security. It is Policy Research Paper No. 68.It was co-authored by me (Bob Daprè) and David Stanton. This report is available on the Internet. The present Department of Social Services may have spare copies.

Bob Daprè
Phone 02.62885130
Email dapre@netspeed.com.au

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