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Thursday, 9 May 1957

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - Let me say that it is true that these matters are constantly under investigation by the Government. The social services scheme is under my personal scrutiny from day to day, and if there is anything I can recommend to the Government that might be done to relieve the situation from time to time I recommend it. There is, unhappily, a popular delusion that the funds that are made available to the Department of Social Services come from sources other than the normal taxation sources. That, of course, will not bear examination for a single moment. The total expenditure on health and social services now aggregates, as I have said in this House on a number of occasions, more than 1227,000,000. Every penny of that amount must come from taxation in the normal way. Neither this Government nor any other government has any other resources from which to meet expenditure of that kind.

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