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Thursday, 10 May 1973
Page: 1954

Mr REYNOLDS (BARTON, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the attention of the Minister for Social Security been drawn to newspaper reports of likely chaos in private nursing homes because of probable substantial increases in costs arising from the impending wage increases? Is the machinery for the review of fees in nursing homes adequate to provide for an expeditious hearing of applications for such reviews? Will there be a review of the Commonwealth subsidy payable for patients in such nursing homes in the event of justified increases in fees?

Mr Street - I rise to order, Mr Speaker. I draw your attention to question No. 485 on the notice paper.

Mr Hayden - Mr Speaker, I submit that there is no relationship between the 2 questions.

Mr SPEAKER -Order! I do not think the honourable member for Barton is actually seeking the same details as are sought in that question. I think that his question is in order.

Mr HAYDEN - In anticipation of the effects of the wage increase on the costs of operation of nursing homes, last night I prepared a minute for my Department asking for careful consideration of what procedures could most effectively be applied to consider these sorts of effects. For precisely the reason the honourable member mentioned. I do not wish to see private nursing homes disadvantaged in any way. There is no proposal in the mind of the Government, at this stage at least, to increase nursing home subsidies.

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