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Wednesday, 14 May 1980
Page: 2183

Senator O'BYRNE (TASMANIA) -I draw the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Health to a question I asked last month concerning the Tasmanian Druids Hospital and Medical Benefits Fund, whose contributors were disadvantaged by the collapse of the Fund. The contributors were given to understand that some clarification of their position would be made within a month. When will the official financial situation of the Druids Hospital and Medical Benefits Fund be known? A month ago it was stated that the application by Druids to be wound up was expected to be before the Commonwealth court by mid-May. If there is to be any further delay, does the Minister have any explanation that can be given to those contributors who are in a state of uncertainty at present?

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle (VICTORIA) - I recall the earlier interest of Senator O 'Byrne in this matter, but I have no information with me from the Department of Health or the Minister for Health. I will refer the matter to the Minister again and see whether he has any information along the lines of that sought in the question.

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