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DISABLED PERSONS--ASSISTANCE

Senator Harradine, by leave, amended General Business, Notice of Motion No. 4, standing in his name.

Senator Harradine then, pursuant to notice, moved--

(1) That the Senate is of the opinion that 1981, being the International Year of Disabled Persons, would be an appropriate occasion for the Federal Government to monitor very carefully the way in which its $1,000 million contribution to Australian hospitals is expended in the care and treatment of disabled persons.

(2) That the Senate notes that in 1979 a twenty-three month old Down's Syndrome boy was admitted to a ""recognised hospital'' under Schedule B2 of the then Commonwealth-Western Australia hospital costs sharing agreement and that he died the following day in circumstances in which his parents and many other people believe that insufficient effort was made to preserve the child's life.

(3) That the Senate is of the opinion that disabled persons who suffer from physical and mental handicaps and incur some additional form of illness require particular assistance and attention; and to this end the Senate recommends that the Minister for Health investigate existing practices in hospitals which are partially funded by the Commonwealth through the States and report to the Australian Parliament.

Paper: Senator Harradine, by leave, laid upon the Table the following Paper:

Inquisition taken at Coroner's Court, Perth, Western Australia, relating to the death of Christopher Derkacz, dated 13 November 1979.

Debate ensued.

On the motion of Senator Grimes the debate was adjourned.

Ordered--That the resumption of the debate be an Order of the Day for a later hour of the day.