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Friday, 16 August 1974
Page: 1064

Senator DAVIDSON - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. I refer to an announcement by the Minister for Social Security that the Government will conduct a complete review of the system of financing the construction of homes for the aged. Is this review to be conducted by the Department of Social Security, or will an independent committee be appointed? Does the Minister's statement criticising the control of homes by voluntary agencies imply that the Government has in mind to take over the administration and control of all homes for the aged.

Senator WHEELDON - I think I can say in partial answer to the question that the Government at the moment has nothing in mind other than having an inquiry into the management and administration of homes for the aged. As the details of the administration in this matter are not within my province but within the province of the Minister for Social Security I would suggest that Senator Davidson put the question on notice and I shall see that an answer is obtained for him.

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