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Thursday, 27 March 1980
Page: 1078

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Social Security. It refers to the Government's three-year program for accommodation for aged or disabled people, but in particular to announcements made in Whyalla by Senator Jessop on behalf of the Minister that an amount of $600,000 or more would be made available to the Whyalla senior citizens committee. The report on the Whyalla news indicated that this amount would be available in the third year of funding. As the member for Grey, Mr Wallis, has been advised only of the first year's funding and no information is available on the second or third year's funding, is that information contained in the Press statement correct? Can the Minister indicate to the Senate and to the local people whether that funding will be available in the end of the third year.


I am not aware of what was actually published in what has been referred to by Senator Bishop. I am able to confirm that I had approved a grant for the aged and disabled persons project in Whyalla. The bulk of the projects for years one and two have been announced to Federal members. I had anticipated being in Whyalla in that week when there was a transport strike, and

I had intended to announce that grant myself in Whyalla for the third year, because the people of Whyalla do have a great interest in the project. As I was not able to go because of the indefinite transport arrangements, Senator Jessop announced that program on my behalf.

In the very near future I hope to be able to announce all of the third year projects in the usual way, through the Federal members. The Federal member for that district will be advised in the usual way. If he has not received any advice of second and third year projects, this is because none in his district have been approved. The bulk of the projects has been announced in the normal way. I am able to confirm that grant for Whyalla, and I am sure that it will be of help to that community.

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