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Thursday, 31 May 1973
Page: 2933


Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Social Security: In addition to his comprehensive program for social welfare will he give urgent consideration to the problems of families, and the need to provide increased family assistance so that mothers will not be compelled by economic circumstances to seek employment which would disadvantage her children? Will the Minister examine the feasibility of paying an allowance to mothers who remain at home to care for their children?


Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - As the honourable member knows, I support the proposal and have made quite a number of statements over several years indicating this sort of support. The Department of Social Security will be producing a quarterly journal from about June onwards. In it will appear contributed articles from people within the Department and some contributed articles from suitably qualified people from outside the Department. The articles will canvass the broad area of social security responsibility. One of the contributed articles in the first issue - the work of certain officers of the Department of Social Security - deals with this subject and canvasses many of the issues which a consideration of this subject must raise. When the honourable member for Macquarie has the opportunity to read that article he will find that, whilst it is a highly desirable principle and one which I applaud and believe is achievable in this community, nonetheless many basic decisions have to be made initially and there are complex issues to be considered before any final decision is made as to how this should best be done.







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