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Wednesday, 1 December 1971
Page: 3965

Mr Morrison (ST GEORGE, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice:

What arc the advantages and disadvantages to pensioners who are entitled to the benefits of the pensioner medical services and who continue to pay into hospital and medical benefits funds at

(a)   public ward.

(b)   intermediate ward and

(c)   private ward rates of contributions.

Dr Forbes (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Immigration) - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

In relation to medical treatment under the Pensioner Medical Service, eligible pensioners and their dependants receive general practitioner surgery consultation andhome visits without charge. Most general practitioners participate in these arrangements. It is also customary for pensioners and their dependants to receive medical services without charge during any period of treatment in public hospitals, and specialists' services are usually, available to them without charge through public hospitals. It should therefore be unnecessary for an eligible pensioner to obtain medical benefits insurance unless, as a matter of personal choice, he elects to seek treatment from one of the few general practitioners who do not participate in the Pensioner Medical Service or from a private specialist.

As regards hospital treatment, public hospitals in all States provide public ward treatment free of charge for eligible pensioners and their dependants. The Commonwealth pays a benefit of $5 per day to the hospital towards the cost of this treatment. It should therefore be unnecessary for an eligible pensioner to have hospital benefits insurance unless he desires to seek accommodation in a private hospital or in an intermediate or private ward of a public hospital. However, if by his own choice, a pensioner is accommodated in a private hospital or in the intermediate or private ward of a public hospital, the attending doctor will generally charge fees for any medical treatment, consequently, if a pensioner elects to obtain one of these levels of hospital accommodation, it is advisable that he also take out medical benefits insurance. In this case, the pensioner would be on the same basis of benefit entitlements as any other citizen.

Television: Cigarette Advertising (Question No. 4545)

Dr Everingham (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) asked the Postmaster-

General, upon notice:

(1)   Can he say whether the television voluntary code on cigarette advertising is frequently broken.

(2)   Do television codes allow advertising of cigarettes, liquor, gambling and ladies' underwear (using live models) after 7.30 p.m.

(3)   Do surveys indicate that 50 per cent of 13- year-olds watch television until 9.30 p.m.

Sir Alan Hulme - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Observations by the Australian Broadcasting Control Board indicate that the voluntary code is being observed by all stations.

(2)   Yes. Under the Television Programme Standards of the Australian Broacasting Control Board there are restrictions on the televising of these types of advertisements in periods before 7.30 p.m.

(3)   A recent survey conducted by the Board in Melbourne indicated that about 40 per cent of 13-year-olds were viewing at 9.30 p.m. I must emphasise that it is inherent in the Board's pro' gramme standards that parents will supervise the viewing of their children after the close of evening family and children's viewing time at 7.30 p.m.

Education: Student Enrolment (Question No. 4573)

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for

Education and Science, upon notice:

How does the ratio between student enrolment in private schools and public schools in the Australian Capital Territory compare with the ratio in each of the States and in the Northern Territory.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

I draw the honourable member's attention to the publication of the Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics entitled 'Schools 1970'. Table 16 of this bulletin gives details of pupils by category of schools by States and Commonwealth Territories for the years 1966 to 1970.

Armed Forces: Pay Increases (Question No. 4627)

Mr Barnard asked the Minister for

Defence, upon notice:

(I)   Will the salary increases recommended by the Kerr Committee for other ranks be paid in November 1971.

(2)   If not, when is it now expected that those increases will be paid.

Mr Fairbairn - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No. The recommendations by the Kerr Committee of inquiry relating to pay for other ranks have involved .major changes to 4he Armed Forces pay structure, and amendments to the respective Financial Regulations of the Navy, Army, and Air Force, have been complex. The amendments are now well in hand, however, and it is expected that they will be presented to the Federal Executive Council before the end of November 1971. ,.<2) lt is therefore expected that the salary increases will be paid on the first pay day in December, which is 2nd December.

Royal Australian Air Force: Hawker Siddeley 1182 (Question No. 4628)

Mi* Barnard asked the Minister representing the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(1)   Can' he say whether the Royal Air Force has chosen the Hawker Siddeley 11-82 to replace its present jet trainer

(2)   Has the Royal Australian Air Force agreed to purchase as its replacement trainer the same aircraft as chosen by RAF.

(3)   Has Hawker Siddeley agreed that Australia can have share in the overall design and production of this aircraft if it places a firm order at an early stage

(4)   If so, will the Minister take immediate steps to ensure Australian participation in the production of the Hawker Siddeley 1182

Mr Holten (INDI, VICTORIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - The Minister for Air has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The Royal Air Force has chosen the Hawker Siddeley 1182 as a jet trainer replacement.

(2)   No.

(3)   Hawker Siddeley has submitted a proposal to the Department of Supply covering the collaborative design and. production of the aircraft based on the assumption that Australia will order a given number of aircraft in the near future

(4)   The Macchi aircraft first entered service in the RAAF in 1967 and ls expected to continue tn service for some years yet. Current plans are that there may be a requirement to commence replacing these aircraft towards the end of the 1970s but this may be extended. The RAAF has endeavoured at this time to set down its likely requirement in order that full consideration can be given to this matter by all departments concerned. The whole matter is still under consideration, .

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