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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1376


Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister for Health, More rightly it might come within the province of the Minister for Social Services. I preface the question by saying that no doubt the Minister is aware that capital grants are made by the Federal Government towards the establishment of hostel training centres for retarded children. However, is the Minister aware that the running costs of these hospitals is becoming an increasing burden and that the gap between Government assistance, together with voluntary aid and the total running costs is becoming extremely difficult to cover? Will he say when some increase in Federal Government assistance can be expected in the way of a major increase in the Commonwealth bed rate subsidy?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON -

Of course, that question also concerns policy. As the honourable senator points out, there is an inter-change of administrative responsibility between the Department of Social Services and my own Department, the Department of Health. I would like to put this aspect of the honourable senator's question to study and respond to it tomorrow. In relation to the generality of increased governmental aid, from whatever source it comes, that is a matter of policy and I would not be able to reflect upon it at this time. I will certainly put the detail of the question to study this afternoon, have it processed and no doubt respond to it tomorrow.







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