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Tuesday, 13 May 1980
Page: 2116

Senator WATSON (TASMANIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Home Affairs aware that the Australian Association for the Mentally Retarded and other affiliated bodies in Tasmania received no notification of the conference held by the National Women's Advisory Council to discuss the special needs of the woman who is a mother of a disabled child? Also, is the Minister aware that an adoptive parent was refused permission to attend the conference, being told that she must be a natural parent in order to attend? Is it not true that parents who adopt a child from birth experience the same trauma as natural parents when that child is diagnosed as being handicapped? If so, will the Minister take steps to ensure that all mothers of handicapped children be included in future conferences?

Senator CARRICK - The question calls for detailed consideration. I will refer it to the Minister concerned to have it examined.

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