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Thursday, 20 November 1986
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Senator GRIMES (Minister for Community Services)(4.21) —I assure Senator Harradine that that will take place. From memory, we have seven or nine Commonwealth people at the Douglas Parker Rehabilitation Centre. We provide 70 per cent or more of the funds and have 40 per cent of the clients, so they got a pretty good deal. I am afraid they will continue to get it because I know the skills of my Tasmanian colleagues at screwing the Commonwealth and I recognise that the chances of resolving this issue without continuing to give considerable funding support are slight. We will not take a huge number of people from there. As Senator Harradine says, they try to operate as a rehabilitation team. I would not like to say any more than that the idealistic view that Senator Harradine has been given of the place is not necessarily shared by the Commonwealth people who work there. Sometimes they are considerably frustrated by the medical sort of approach taken.

We accept that there is a need for a medical specialist rehabilitation centre. It will stay. But we also believe that there is a need for rehabilitation, counselling and vocational type centres in Hobart. They will be developed. We want to complement the existing service and improve it, not set up in competition with it. Undoubtedly people will go from our regional centres to Douglas Parker.

The CHAIRMAN —Senator Peter Baume has moved five amendments to the Disability Services Bill and two consequential amendments to the Disability Services (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill. The question is: That the seven amendments moved by Senator Peter Baume be agreed to.