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Tuesday, 16 October 1956


Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - I share the opinions expressed by the honorable member for Moore in his reference to the Commonwealth Rehabilitation Centre in Western Australia. To a degree, I also share the chagrin of the honorable member, not so much that Dr. Howard Rusk will not be able to visit Western Australia, Tasmania or South Australia, but that he will not be able to visit Old Junee and the Riverina. Dr. Howard Rusk is perhaps the greatest living authority on rehabilitation and physical medicine. He is the professor and chairman of the Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine Department of the University of New York. Invitations to visit Australia were sent to him by the Government in 1951, 1953 and 1954, but it was not until 1955 that Dr. Howard Rusk indicated that he would be able to visit this country in 1956. The responsibility for preparing his itinerary rests entirely with the Department of Social Services. However, I remind honorable members that this eminent doctor will arrive in this country on 3 1 st October and, because of his own other pressing engagements, must depart on 14th November. He will be here for only a few days, lt was physically impossible for the department to arrange for Dr. Howard Rusk to visit each State. He will visit Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Queensland. The information that he is able to impart to the authorities in those four States - if I may include the Australian Capital Territory as a State - will be distributed to people who are interested in the rehabilitation of the physically handicapped in the other three States, as thoroughly as my department is competent to do so.







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