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Tuesday, 30 November 1965

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - As I tried to explain during the course of a debate over the weekend, irrespective of the amount that a family earns poverty can exist within that family. Poverty is caused by very many things and, more often than not, by the act of the individual. In many family groups it would matter not at all what the total income was; it would still be found that members of that family group, because of various personal failings, could well cause a situation which many people would regard as poverty existing in that family. In the course of his question the honorable member suggested that in a family with a certain income there might well be a need for sacrifice in order to bring up the children. I suggest that in any family group there is a cause for sacrifice on the part of the parents. I think it is because of this sacrifice that the children grow up to be true and decent Australian citizens. I think that the making of sacrifices by parents is probably one of the most noble things in Australian family life.

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