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Tuesday, 14 May 1957

Mr LESLIE (MOORE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question to the Minister for Social Services relates to certain replies that he gave in answer to a question I asked on notice recently, in which he supplied information dealing with the number of handicapped persons receiving treatment at the Melville Rehabilitation Centre in Western Australia, and the cost of that treatment. Does the Minister agree with me that mere statistics are not the most important element in a service dealing with human welfare and human values? If so, will he say whether any information, other than that contained in the official reports of departmental officers, is available to him which would indicate whether the operation of the centre is satisfactory to those who, through unfortunate circumstances, become eligible and receive treatment and training at the centre? As he will be visiting Western Australia during the week will he make inquiries along these lines?

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