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Thursday, 20 November 1986
Page: 2595


Senator WALTERS(12.54) —There are really no grounds at all, as the Minister for Community Services (Senator Grimes) has indicated, that disabilities cannot be treated in a general way. They have been up to date. People are mentally disabled, and that term has been introduced into our vocabulary in the past 12 months, really. I think it is a great advance and to treat the psychologically disabled in a totally different way from the group disabled would be very unjust. There are so many groups and so many of the sheltered workshops that believe that this legislation will make a big difference to them.

The Minister has said that it will not make a difference to them because they are there for their own benefit, but I believe that if there is to be any distinguishing mark at all, it will introduce a lot of problems that the Minister has not acknowledged.

Amendments agreed to.

Progress reported.