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Tuesday, 3 December 1935

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - This item represents the grant made by the Commonwealth to the Jubilee Maternal and Infant Welfare Appeal, contributions to which have been made throughout the length and breadth of this country.

Senator Payne - As this is the first occasion on which such an item has appeared on the Estimates, I consider that the Minister should furnish more information as to how the money is to be applied.

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Long speeches have been made by various Ministers from time to time regarding the objective of this fund, which is for the promotion of infant and maternal welfare. Committees have been established in the capital cities and many other centres to raise funds, and contributions have been made by the State governments and by private individuals. The scheme is most laudable and important to this country.

Senator Gibson - Is this a grant to the States

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - No ; it is a contribution to a huge fund which has been raised at the instance of His Majesty the King, and which will be administered throughout the States by committees appointed by" the governments.

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