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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Mr BEAZLEY (FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Health aware that under the hospital benefits legislation passed recently Commonwealth financial assistance is given to State hospitals but not to State mental hospitals? Is the honorable gentleman able to explain the reason for the exclusion of mental hospitals and- indicate whether it is intended to extend the benefits of that legislation to such institutions?

Mr HOLLOWAY - I am not certain whether mental hospitals are entitled to participate in assistance provided under the hospitals benefits legislation. I shall discuss the matter with the Minister for Health and furnish the requisite information to the honorable member.

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