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Thursday, 28 November 1974
Page: 2956

Senator GUILFOYLE (Victoria) -I move:

After Clause 6 insert the following new clause: 6a. Section 10 of the Principal Act is amended by omitting three years ' and substituting ' five years '.

As I mentioned earlier, this motion relates to our attitude with regard to the 3 year program which was introduced in 1972. It was almost a crash program so that we could treble the number of beds in the aged persons hostel category in this country. For a variety of reasons the bed entitlement under that program has not been fully developed and with less than one year of the program now to expire and with an entitlement under the Act for the support of some 12,000 beds which have still to be provided, we believe that an extension of the time provided in the original Bill would be desirable. For this reason we have moved the amendment seeking to omit the 3 year period from the program and to substitute a 5 year period to enable the entitlement that was foreseen when the program was introduced to be implemented We think that it is a desirable feature of care of elderly persons that there should be a development of the hostel style of accommodation. We see this as a contrast to the nursing home type of accommodation which is the only alternative for people who are in this category. For those reasons I have moved on behalf of the Opposition the amendment which I have read.

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