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Wednesday, 16 April 1980
Page: 1536

Senator Grimes asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 20 February 1 980:

(   1 ) How many applications have been received for grants for the $500,000 to be made available in 1979-80 for emergency relief.

(2)   What is the total amount requested under these applications.

(3)   How much of the grant has been allocated: (a) to which organisations and in what amounts; and (b) on what dates.

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) 269 applications for grants have been received. The $500,000 made available in 1979-80 is to assist community welfare agencies which provide emergency relief or are in serious financial difficulties. The aim of the emergency relief assistance is to relieve pressures of increased demand on agencies for cash and food voucher relief.

(2)   The total amount requested by these agencies exceeds $1.6m. However this included requests from some agencies which do not provide emergency relief on a regular basis.

(3)   Grants totalling $320,000 were announced on 27 March, 1980. Details are as follows:



An announcement concerning any additional grants for 1 979-80 is expected to be made shortly.

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