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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Reynolds asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

How many bornes have been built in each Stale in each year as a result of the Commonwealth's offer of a grant of $25m over 5 years to build nursing borne accommodation for the frail aged.

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

I.   assume that the honourable member refers to the Commonwealth offer of financial assistance to the Slates under the States Grants (Nursing Homes) Act 1969 whereby matching grants totalling $5m are available to the States over the fiveyear period to 30th June 1974 in respect of approved expenditure for the .provision of nursing home accommodation for aged persons of limited means.

Expenditure for the erection of two nursing homes in Western Australia and three in Queensland has so far been approved for Commonwealth financial assistance under the Act.

Tasmania has submitted for approval a project for the erection of a nursing home complex at Hobart. The project which is due to commence in the first half of 1971 is presently under consideration.

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