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Thursday, 31 October 1974
Page: 2197

Senator Guilfoyle (VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(   1 ) Will the Minister make a statement to the Senate on the complete review of funding voluntary associations, which the Government stated 18 months ago was being undertaken.

(2)   Has the review been completed; if so, what assistance is available to national associations to enable them to maintain and expand their work with mentally retarded persons.

(3)   Does the announcement that the activities of the Social Welfare Commission have been curtailed indicate that action on the review has been abandoned.

Senator Wheeldon - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   1 ) My Department in association with the Social Welfare Commission is currently examining the need for Government assistance to national social welfare organisations.

(2)   It is proposed that this review will be completed prior to the 1975-76 Budget. The question of assistance to particular organisations will be decided at that time and the details will, of course, be published in the usual way.

(3)   As already indicated there has been no decision to abandon this review.

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