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Tuesday, 18 September 1973
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Mr Lynch asked the Minister for the En vironment and Conservation, upon notice:

(1)   Will he outline the extent of the Government's involvement in the enviromental programs being con ducted by(a) the World Health Organisation, (b) the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, (c) the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (d) the International Atomic Energy Agency, (e) the World Meteorological Organisation and (f) the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organisation.

(2)   Will he also outline the extent of the Government's involvement in the environmental programs being conducted by international organisations not specified in part (1).

Dr Cass - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The information requested by the honourable member is quite extensive as the all-embracing nature of the term 'environment programs' means that nearly all international organisations are involved in some environmental programs and Australia has been active in many of these. I am arranging for a summary to be made of Australia's involvement in such programs and will lay the summary on the table for the information of honourable members as soon as it is prepared.

Proposed Multi-purpose Welfare Clinics (Question No. 881)

Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

(1)   What will be the functions of the proposed multi-purpose welfare clinics in Sydney and Melbourne.

(2)   What staffing establishment is proposed for these clinics.

Mr Hayden - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (2) As the honourable gentleman will be aware, the Government has determined that new welfare initiatives should be sponsored under the umbrella of the Australian Assistance Plan. This Plan is now available for full public discussion. Basically it provides ways in which local communities may be helped to establish needed social services according to locally determined priorities, and within a properly integrated social planning system.

The multi-purpose welfare centres originally proposed for Sydney and Melbourne were envisaged as being of a pilot nature, and would have provided one means of experimenting with ways of rationalising local services. On the basis of an overseas study tour by an officer of my Department, it has now been decided that it would not be appropriate to proceed to establish such centres. Any initiatives in this regard should come under the Australian Assistance Plan and result from local community involvement.

The Social Welfare Commission will be examining a great number of proposals for assistance under the Plan and will carefully consider the need for welfare centres in relation to other proposals.

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