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Tuesday, 11 May 1965

Senator COHEN - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Services. Having regard to the increasing public awareness of the incidence of poverty in Australia and to the need to give special attention to large numbers of underprivileged and handicapped citizens suffering hardship and lacking satisfaction of basic human needs, will the Minister consider convening,, under Commonwealth Government sponsorship, an annual national welfare convention on a basis similar to the Australian Citizenship Convention? Representatives of Federal and State Governments and delegates from voluntary welfare organisations could be invited to attend with a view to discussing the many and complex problems involved and to planning and coordinating a community welfare programme on a national basis.

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