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Friday, 5 December 1986
Page: 3499

Senator BJELKE-PETERSEN —My question to the Minister representing the Minister for Health follows Senator Harradine's question. Is the Minister aware of the devastating effect that the removal of the day care subsidy from private hospitals and non-profit religious and charitable institutions such as Mount Olivet Hospital for the incurably sick and dying in Brisbane is having, and that Mount Olivet Hospital has warned that things are so bad it could have to close? What does the Government intend doing to remedy the hardship being caused to these hospitals and their patients and in particular the hardship being caused to Mount Olivet Hospital?

Senator GRIMES —Mount Olivet is one of the hospitals that were mentioned by Senator Harradine previously. It is a hospital which requires special assistance grants. Under the legislation, approval is needed from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for such payments and that is being obtained as soon as possible. Again, as with Senator Harradine, I shall get the news to Senator Bjelke-Petersen about what is happening as soon as possible.