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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2462

Mr Collard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the Commonwealth meets the cost in excess of $40 of return air fares involved in transporting residents of the Northern Territory to southern States where urgent medical or specialist treatment, not available in the Territory, is required by the resident.

(2)   If so, does the Commonwealth make a specific grant to Western Australia for a similar purpose to meet the circumstances of the north and north-west of that State which are so very similar to the Nothern Territory.

(3)   If not, will the Minister give early and favourable consideration to so doing.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes, except that residents who are in necessitous circumstances may have the full cost of their return air fares paid. (See answer to Question 3737)

(2)   No.

(3)   The responsibility for the provision of medical facilities within a Slate is a matter for the Government of that State.

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