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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 2406

Mr GARRICK (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Health aware that there are now 50 per cent more handicapped children at the Mount Eliza Special School in Victoria than the school was designed to accommodate? Is he aware that the school has less than a third of its proper complement of speech therapists and physiotherapists and that 7 teachers are applicants for workers' compensation following back injuries sustained carrying out the duties of auxiliary staff? Can he say whether these conditions are general throughout Australian schools for handicapped children? Can he say which recommendations for the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Health and Welfare on mentally and physically handicapped children have been accepted by the Government and when these recommendations win be given effect to?

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - I will refer the honourable gentleman's question to my colleague in another place and ask him to give the honourable gentleman a reply.

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