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Tuesday, 27 October 1964
Page: 1302

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - I must confess that I am a bit confused. If Senator Dittmer cares to repeat some of the points he was making, I should be happy to hear them and to deal with them in reply. Senator Wright referred to capital works carried out by the National Capital Development Commission. I think it is proper to point out that the Commission reports annually to the Parliament in accordance with section 24 of the National Capital Development Commission Act, and its expenditure is then accounted for. Its report which was tabled in September of this year gives in substance the information that the honorable senator seeks. Last year, capital expenditure amounted to £13.9 million. Of the proposed vote of £27.8 million, capital expenditure will amount to about £15 million. The honorable senator asked a direct question about the provision of funds for the construction of the new Parliament House. I am informed that no amount of money for that purpose is involved in this proposed vote. I am sorry about the reference by Senator Dittmer to the hospitals aspect of the Estimates. I understood that he was referring to Division No. 852 - Health Services, and that he made the point that in fact there were no facilities in Canberra for certain types of indigent sick. As a matter of fact I understand that there is some provision for terminal and aged cases.

Senator Dittmer - What is provided for them?

Senator ANDERSON - If I can get some information for the honorable senator I will do so but I am not able at present to give him details of the type that I thought he would require as a medical man. I thought that he would expect certain technical information.

Senator Dittmer - I am not seeking technical information. I just want simple facts.

Senator ANDERSON - To my own knowledge, there is a section in the Canberra Community Hospital for cases which aTe not acute. This is a source of admiration and envy to those who are associated with hospitals throughout Australia.

Senator Sandford - Would I be in order, Mr. Chairman, in referring to the site of the new Parliament House?

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