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Wednesday, 14 October 1964

Senator ANDERSON - The Minister for Social Services has supplied the following answers to the honorable senator's questions -

1.   One grant has been approved to date.

2.   No payments have yet been made on the grant approved.

3.   As indicated in the answer to a previous question, prior to the introduction of the Disabled Persons Accommodation Act organisations interested in sheltered workshops represented hostel accommodation as their most pressing need. Representations have since been made to amend the Act to enable subsidies to be given towards the capital cost of establishing or extending sheltered workshops. These representations have been given careful consideration but it has been decided not to extend the Act in this way. No purpose would be served, therefore, by an investigation of the nature suggested.

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