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Tuesday, 3 April 1973
Page: 1034


Mr Garland asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What arrangements has he made for special schools for handicapped children to receive assistance under Commonwealth education programs.

(2)   What sum has been made available and spent in each year for special schools for handicapped children in (a) each State and (b) the Commonwealth.


Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Under the Handicapped Children (Assistance) Act voluntary organisations and other non-profit bodies may receive grants of $2 for $1 towards the capital cost of training centres and residential accommodation units. Subsidy is also available towards the cost of training equipment. Other forms of assistance are provided through the Department of Education, details of which could be obtained from the Minister for Education.

(2)   The grants that have been approved under the Act, and the expenditure incurred, each year in (a) each State and (b) the Commonwealth is shown in the attached table.

Further, under the existing provisions of the National Health Act a handicapped children's benefit of $1.50 a day is payable to eligible non-profit organisations conducting approved handicapped persons homes in respect of each handicapped child under 16 years who is accommodated and cared for in the home.

 

Education: Handicapped Children (Question No. 206)


Mr Garland asked the Minister for Social

Security, upon notice:

(1)   Mas he carried out any examination into the provision of special schools for handicapped children and granting of assistance under Commonwealth education programs.

(2)   If so, what are the details, including the basis on which the assistance is available in each case.


Mr Hayden (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Under the Handicapped Children (Assistance) Act grants of $2 for $1 are available to eligible nonprofit organisations towards the capital cost of premises for use as training centres for handicapped children or to accommodate such children who are receiving training. Grants are also available towards the cost of training equipment. Each claim for assistance is examined having regard to the need of the handicapped children concerned. There has been no general examination, for the purpose of this Act, into the provision of special schools.

(2)   See above. The overall assessment of the need for special educational facilities is more a matter for the Department of Education and relevant information could no doubt be obtained from the Minister of Education.

Further, under the existing provisions of the National Health Act, a handicapped children's benefit of$1.50 a day is payable to eligible non-profit organisations conducting approved handicapped persons homes in respect of each handicapped child under 16 years who is accommodated and cared for in the home.

Australian Trade with Far East (Question No. 224)


Mr Graham (NORTH SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Over seas Trade, upon notice:

(1)   What figures are available to demonstrate a comparison of Australian Trade with the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China in Taiwan.

(2)   What comparative figures are available with respect to Indonesia. Malaysia. Singapore and India.


Dr J F Cairns - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) In 1971-72 total Australian imports from, and total Australian exports to the countries specified were:

 

Detailed statistics of Australia's trade with overseas countries are published by the Commonwealth Statistician in his bulletin 'Overseas Trade'.







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