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Wednesday, 10 April 1946

Mr CHIFLEY - This subject has come before Cabinet. My recollection is that arrangements for the distribution of the grant mia de by the Minister presumably after consultation with the States. The average amount of the grant has been £72,500, and on the basis of expenditure in recent years tho Commonwealth guarantees a sum over the period mentioned by the honorable member. Suggestions have been made that consideration might be given later to increasing the grant. I have some recollection of reading the report of the Social Security Committee on this matter. I shall look at the subject again, and give it further consideration.

Mr Holt - Will the Prime -Minister consider increasing the grant to the council when he is framing his next budget ?

Mr CHIFLEY - The most that has been asked for at any time is £100,000 a year. I must confess that I have not had an opportunity to study the value that is being obtained for the money, but I understand that the Minister is completely satisfied that an excellent job is being done. The most that I can promise the 'honorable member for Fawkner is that the matter will be re-examined.

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