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Thursday, 17 May 1973
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Mr LUCHETTI (MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Social Security: In his constructive and humanitarian consideration of social security benefits, will he give special consideration to needy people living in remote places who are denied the advantages of trained nursing services? Will he consider the special aptitude and capabilities of people who help the aged and the sick and thus provide to them a benefit which at present they are denied?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - I know that the honourable member, too, is motivated by humane considerations and no doubt that is why he raised the question. As I indicated in the House yesterday and also last week, my Department currently is investigating this area. It is an area not without problems. Until that investigation is concluded, I am afraid I can say nothing concrete, except that I hope that in the total conspectus of what we are trying to achieve in the field of social welfare this will be one of the areas where we will provide adequate responses to the clear needs in the community.

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