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Wednesday, 8 December 1965

Mr SWARTZ (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - With the exception of the Commonwealth Territories the administration of hospitals comes within the control of the State Governments. However, it is a fact that the honorary system of service by doctors applies in all States of Australia with one exception - Western Australia. It is a fact also that the medical profession provides services on an honorary basis generally in practically every case where the pensioner or patient is in a public ward. That service still continues, lt was discussed at the last conference of the Australian Medical Association when the decision was made to continue the system.

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