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Thursday, 9 December 1976

Mr McVeigh asked the Minister, representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   Has the Department of Social Security any plans to establish a National Institute of Mental Retardation.

(2)   If so, when is it likely to be established, and what organisations and personnel will be represented on the Institute.

Mr Hunt - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question.

(   1 ) and (2 ) My Department has received a proposal from the Australian Association for the Mentally Retarded for the establishment of a National Institute of Mental Retardation. The details of that proposal are currently under review by the Department and I intend to refer the proposal to the Ministers for Education and Health for comment

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