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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 859


Mr Calwell (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Prime Minister, upon notice;

(1)   When he is considering the personnel of the committee of inquiry into poverty in Australia, will he include a person who believes that it is impossible to abolish poverty under the capitalist system.

(2)   Will the terms of reference of the committee include the question of remedies to be applied to the abolition of poverty and its concomitant evils.

(3)   Will the terms of reference also include a definition of poverty and a definitionof the various categories of persons who are found to live povertystricken or underprivileged lives because of age, invalidity, illness and physical " or mental retardation.

(4)   Has he any information as to whether all the Most Reverend, Right Reverend and Reverend gentlemen and the lay social workers who have called for an inquiry into poverty represent middle income groups and are completely opposed to socialism.

(5)   If so, does this indicate that these persons are only trying, at best, to humanise capitalism in order to make it a little more bearable and a little less harsh.


Mr McMahon - The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

The terms of reference and the membership of the inquiry into poverty will be announced as soon as possible.







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