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Wednesday, 9 March 1977
Page: 14

Mr JULL (BOWMAN, QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. Is the Minister aware that the Queensland Council of Social Service has had to dismiss three of its four staff members because of its present financial situation? Is the Minister also aware that the director's position is also in jeopardy because of lack of finance? Can the Minister inform the House whether QCOSS has approached the Government for financial assistance? Can the Minister detail whether moneys will be forthcoming to enable QCOSS to continue at an acceptable level of service to the community or whether alternative methods of funding are available?

Mr HUNT (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Health) - I am aware from statements recently reported in the Queensland Press that the Queensland Council of Social Service is having difficulty in meeting staff payment commitments it had made. The Queensland Minister for Health stated recently that the Queensland Government had no funds available to it to help the Council. The honourable member will recall that on coming to power the Government allocated a further $60,000 to the Council to enable it to honour its commitments. The Government has no further funds available to it at this time to assist the Council. In addition to Government support, the Council may call upon community and voluntary organisations for support, as one would have thought it would have done already. I suggest that it do that immediately to overcome its budgetary problem. However, I will refer the totality of the question to the Minister for Social Security. No doubt she will provide the most up-to-date information for the honourable member's benefit.

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