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Wednesday, 26 April 1961

Mr ROBERTON - The matter of the construction and maintenance of hospitals for the sick is exclusively one for the departments of health, both State and Federal, and I regret to say that grants cannot be made for this purpose under the Aged Persons Homes Act. It is recognized, of course, that persons who are resident in homes which have attracted grants under the Aged Persons Homes Act do become sick, and to meet that eventuality, it is permissible for grants to be made for the provision of special accommodation for them so long as that accommodation does not exceed one-third of the total accommodation provided. I believe that where hospitals have been constructed to provide accommodation for the sick, hospital benefits may be granted in certain circumstances.

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