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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr SINCLAIR (NEW ENGLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Social Services) - The honorable member has displayed his interest in this Act and in a good many other facets of Government administration over the past 20 years. I am happy to be able to advise the honorable member that at this time there is no difficulty in providing funds for applications under the Aged Persons Homes Act. Approximately £26,664,000 has been spent since the introduction of the aged persons homes legislation in 1954 for the purpose of subsidising accommodation for aged people in our communities. As far as individual State applications are concerned, since the date of the introduction of the legislation, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland have received respectively 32 per cent., 26 per cent., and 15 per cent, of the funds allocated for this purpose. In the last 12 months, however, there has been a slight difference. The States of New South Wales and South Australia have each substantially increased applications for money under the Act. Grants to Victoria in the last 12 months have constituted only 15 per cent, of the funds. I can assure the honorable member that grants under the Act are still running at their normal rate and in the future we look forward to being able to provide an increasing number of homes for the aged by virtue of this legislation.

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