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Tuesday, 7 December 1976
Page: 3433

Mr Garrick asked the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the cut from $230,000 in 1975-76 to $ 1 90,000 in 1 976-77 for the budget of the Medical Service in Redfern means that they cannot continue to give service to Aborigines at the present level?

(2)   If so, how will it be possible for the Service to undertake the necessary improvements in premises and services that are so badly needed, under these circumstances?

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

(   1 ) and (2) No. The Aboriginal Medical Service received grants totalling $172,498 in 1975-76 as a contribution towards the operating costs of its Redfern Clinic. Additional funds were also provided to cover the cost of a field trip to Wilcannia ($5,288) and as a contribution towards the cost of renovating the AMS new premises ($50,000). My Department has tentatively allocated a sum of $ 1 90,000 to the AMS for 1976-77. This amount will allow the AMS to maintain its existing services and purchase some additional medical equipment. Further discussions are proceeding with AMS as to their funding requirements this financial year.

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