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Wednesday, 15 May 1957

Mr ROBERTON (RIVERINA, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - I was privileged to be in the company of the honorable member for Lawson last Sunday on the historic occasion to which he has referred, and' I witnessed the confusion of the State member for Dubbo during that ceremony. The answer to the honorable member's question is that the steps which States may take in making grants towards the cost of constructing homes for the aged are quite simple. It is competent for any State to make a grant towards the cost of constructing these homes anywhere. Indeed, four States make a practice of making grants from time to time towards the cost of these homes. Two States do not. The first exception is Tasmania, and that is understandable, since the concentration of population in that State is not so great. The other exception is New South Wales, our most densely populated State. The New South Wales Government has never made a grant towards the cost of constructing these homes nor has it shown any indication of giving the matter favorable consideration.

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