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Friday, 21 May 1965

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

The Aged Persons' Homes Act does not preclude assistance to homes for totally and permanently incapacitated ex-servicemen who fall within the requirements of the Act. An aged person is defined as a man who has attained the age of 65 years or a woman the age of 60 years. It includes the wife or husband of an eligible aged person irrespective of age. Special conditions, normally relating to an eligible resident's need for some special care or assistance, may also be taken into account to permit the residence in an aged persons' home of other persons under the statutory age. A grant would not be approved to an organisation that proposed, as a matter of general policy, to provide accommodation for persons under the eligible age.

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