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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 925

Senator DEVITT (TASMANIA) asked the Minister for

Health, upon* notice:

Is the Minister investigating allegations of the improper use of funds by certain hospital benefits organisations; if so, (a) do the allegations refer to the use of such funds for political purposes, thereby diminishing resources from which legitimate subscriber claims are paid, (b) what action is being taken to obtain the facts regarding these allegations, and (c) will the results of these investigations, naming the offending organisations together with the identity of the. beneficiary political party, be reported to the Parliament.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

No investigation of the kind referred to in this question is being undertaken because, to my knowledge, there is no evidence to support such allegations.

However, as I informed the honourabe senator on 8th March 1972, I shall have appropriate investigations made if he provides me with details of any specific case.

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