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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3244

Dr Everingham asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 22 April 1980:

(   1 ) Did the National Consultative Council on Social Welfare in its 1st report, presented to the House on 1 April 1980, state that (a) low income families with children were subject to increasing poverty levels under the tax welfare system, (b) payments for children by the Department of Social Security should be indexed and financed by taxation of incomes above $16,608, (c) a greater differential in payments should be made for the 4th child, (d) emergency relief payments and emergency accommodation and meals are areas of need increasingly left to voluntary bodies with declining resources, (e) meals and accommodation subsidies for the homeless should be updated and indexed, (f) less than half the community has a reasonable knowledge of social welfare services, especially those in most need of them, (g) there is a need for (i) Departmental representatives in remote areas and (ii) a national human services information system, (h) the National Employment and Training Program, the Community Youth Support Scheme, the Education Program for Unemployed Youth, the Special Youth Employment Training Program and other youth employment schemes need integrating with general employment schemes and evaluation in full consultation with interested bodies before more youth projects are undertaken, (j) the Voluntary Youth Community Support Scheme Task Force rejected proper consultation and (k) social change projects should not be dominated by a Department concerned mainly with manpower.

(2)   If so, what has been done in response to these views.

Mr Hunt -The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) The National Consultative Council on Social Welfare did make reference in its 1st Report to matters raised by the honourable member.

(2)   As indicated when tabling the report on I April, the National Consultative Council on Social Welfare is an effective mechanism for cooperation and interchange of ideas with groups in the Social Welfare field.

Those matters affecting Government policy will be considered.

Matters of an administrative nature which lie within the responsibilities of my portfolio, have been, and will continue to be, kept under review.

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