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Thursday, 12 May 1960


Mr Peters s asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   How many persons, for whom maintenance guarantees have been given under Part IV. of the Migration Regulations made by Statutory Rules No. 35 of 1959, were in receipt of a special benefit payable under Division 6 of Part VII. of the Social Services Act on 1st March, 1st June, 1st September and 1st December, 1959?

2.   In how many cases has he written off any debt due to the Commonwealth by virtue of these regulations?


Mr Roberton - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   As far as can be ascertained, there were, on the dates mentioned, no persons in receipt of a special benefit in respect of whom maintenance guarantees had been given under the Migration Regulations made by Statutory Rules No. 35 of 1959. There were, on those dates, a number of persons in receipt of special benefit in respect of whom maintenance guarantees had been given under earlier regulations now repealed by the Migration Act 1958. As no statistics were kept of such cases precise figures are not available.

2.   See answer to 1.

Homes for the Aged.


Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) z asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice -

1.   Have arrangements been finalized for the payment of a grant to the Associated Churches of Christ in Queensland as a Commonwealth contribution towards the cost of extensions to Mylo House for Aged People?

2.   If so, what is the amount involved, and have any payments so far been made?


Mr Roberton - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The Associated Churches of Christ in Queensland was advised on 24th March, 1960, that a Commonwealth grant had been approved under the Aged Persons Homes Act to assist in meeting the cost of the purchase and conversion of Mylo House, Mackenzie-street, Toowoomba.

2.   The amount of the grant is £9,810, but this figure could be varied slightly when final costs of the project are known. No instalments of the grant have been paid to date as the organization has not yet submitted details of any expenditure on the building.







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