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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1762

Mr HOLTEN (Indi) - Listening to the remarks of the Minister for Social Security (Mr Hayden) I think I could be excused for believing that this chamber was a mutual admiration society. The proposal he is putting forward has obviously been his dream for some considerable time but he seems to think that it is out of order for people to put forward ideas that conflict with /those held by him and even by some other honourable members. Time will tell whether any or all of my comments relating to certain aspects of the Bill are correct. If this is not a centralist move it will be about the first time that this Government has not aimed more and more at centralism on issues concerning a great many people around Australia.

The Minister did not dispute the fact that it is generally recognised that where the funds come from lies the power. He said himself that it is the responsibility of the Australian Government to fund adequately the social welfare services throughout Australia. I stick to the principle that the source of the funds will turn out to be the source of the power and the body that will dominate this scheme. He said something about the health scheme pamphlets and he drew attention to the proposals of the scheme. Mr Chairman, is it in order for me to refer to those remarks of the Minister?

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