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Friday, 30 October 1970


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Which States have made claims for financial assistance under the States Grants (Nursing Homes) Act 1969.

(2)   When did each State claim assistance.

(3)   How much assistance has each State received.


Dr Forbes - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (1), (2) and (3) No States have yet submitted formal claims for payment of Commonwealth financial assistance under the States Grants (Nursing Homes) Act 1969.

However, it is expected that claims will be received during the current financial year in respect of nursing homes to be erected at Redcliffe, Rockhampton and Townsville in Queensland and at Albany and Bunbury in Western Australia, all of which have been approved for Commonwealth financial assistance under the Act

The Queensland projects are estimated to cost $650,000 and this amount, if fully expended, would attract Commonwealth assistance of $323,000. In Western Australia the estimated cost is $773,500. Expenditure of this amount would attract that States maximum entitlement of $381,000 under the Act

An application has been received for approval of erection of additional nursing home beds at Hobart and is at present being examined.







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