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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1495

Senator SHEIL (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. Is it a fact that pensioners accommodated in Queensland private nursing homes have not received the latest increase in income to help cover their costs although pensioners similarly accommodated in other States have been granted such increases? If so, what is the reason for this discrimination against pensioners in Queensland private nursing homes? Will the Minister desist from misleading the public by referring to such payments to pensioners as subsidies for private nursing homes?

Senator WHEELDON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Repatriation and Compensation) - I am afraid that my knowledge of this matter is rather slender. I hope Senator Sheil was not referring to me when he said that the Minister was misleading the public. All I can do is refer the question to the Minister for Social Security who is in charge of this matter and see that an answer is provided for Senator Sheil.

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