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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 506

Mr Mathews asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

What was the response of the Government of the day to each of the requests- relating to family planning itemised by him in his reply to me on 30 May 1973 (Hansard, page 2923).

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Where direct financial commitment by the previous government was concerned, my understanding is that the granting of $10,000 to the Family Planning Association of Australia in 1972 to assist in sponsoring the First Medical and Scientific Congress of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (part of 1 (iii) to my reply on 30 May 1973 (Hansard, page 2923), was its only response.

The initiatives undertaken by the present government were not taken in response to requests made to the government. Rather the present government took these initiatives on its own account knowing full well the considerable need that had been built up over a number of years for real and direct assistance to the development and provision of family planning services in Australia. I see this immediate government assistance intended only as a commencement in this way.

In these provisions, the present government has already made the following commitments:

(i)   United Nations Fund for population activities $225,000 for 1973/74.

(ii)   International Planned Parenthood Federation $125,000 for 1973/74.

(iii)   Family Planning Association of Australia $200,000 a year from 1 April 1973.

(iv)   National Catholic Welfare Committee of Australia $100,000 a year from 1 April 1973.

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