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Wednesday, 10 May 1972
Page: 2388

Mr Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare submit its. Report on Mentally and Physically Handicapped Persons in Australia in May 1971.

(2)   Was the report referred to an interdepartmental committee for consideration.

(3)   If so, (a) when was the report referred, (b) on what dates has the committee met and (c) has the committee completed its considerations.

(4)   If the committee has not completed its considerations, when is it expected to do so.

(5)   When does the Government expect to give legislative effect to the report.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes.

(2)   Yes.

(3)   (a) September 1971.

(b)   The Interdepartmental Committee and a number of working parlies set up by the Committee have met on several occasions and are continuing to meet on a regular basis.

(c)   No.

(4)   . It is not known when the Committee will complete its considerations.

(5)   I am not in a position to anticipate when any Government decision on this matter may be made.

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