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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4559

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

(1)   Did he request Mr J. Griffith of Perth to prepare a report in which recommendations were made on possible future trends in governmental participation in the provision of adequate facilities for the mentally and physically handicapped.

(2)   If so, when did he request and receive the report and is it proposed, as with bis Department's surveys of the characteristics and housing of pensioners (Hansard, 9th March 1971, page 750 and 31 March 1971, page 1280), to make the results available.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   With my approval Mr Griffith was invited to accept an appointment as a consultant to the Department for the purpose of reporting upon services, facilities and assistance provided for the rehabilitation of physically and mentally handicapped persons.

(2)   The invitation to Mr Griffith was issued in May 1969 and the Department received his report in February 1970. It is not the policy of the Government to give information on matters which concern the advice to Ministers and arrangements between Ministers and their advisors.

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