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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2462

Mr Collard asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that residents of the Northern Territory who are in necessitous circumstances have the cost of their return air fares met by the Commonwealth if they are obliged to fly to Adelaide for special medical treatment not available in the Territory.

(2)   If so, does the Commonwealth make a specific grant to Western Australia for the same purpose in relation to residents of the north and north-west of that State who are in similar circumstances to those referred to in the Northern Territory.

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

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   No.

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

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