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Thursday, 2 December 1971
Page: 4005

Mr COHEN (Robertson) - In the two or three minutes available to me I will refer very quickly to the States Grants (Home Care) Act which was introduced in 1969 shortly before 1 entered this place. I noticed an answer given recently 'o a question asked by the honourable member for Barton (Mr Reynolds) detailing the amount of money that had been made available by the Commonwealth and the amount of money that the States had taken advantage of. In 1969-70 the amount of money made available for home care services was $500,000, of which only$31,000 was used. In 1970-71 the amount made available was $566,000, of which$3 17,802 was used. I am interested in the provision of senior citizens' centres. I have gone around my electorate showing films, pleading and begging" with the community 'o get going and provide senior citizens' clubs, senior citizens* centres, retired persons' centres or whatever you like to call them.

In my electorate of Robertson there are 14,000 pensioners. This is the highest number of pensioners in any electorate in Australia. I have a' least a further 7.000 people who are in receipt of superannuation. That is a total of 21.000 retired persons. No other electorate in Australia, would have anything like that number of retired people. Yet there is not one senior citizens' centre in he electorate of Robertson. There is not one senior citizens' club. Shortly after I was elected as a member of this House my colleague the honourable member for Barton took me on a tour of his electorate. We went through the Rockdale area and found 7 senior citizens' clubs. In 1969-70 the amount of money made available byt he Commonwealth was $100,000, of which $16.000-

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lucock - Order! It is now 12.45 p.m. In accordance with standing order 106 the debate is interrupted and I put the question:

That grievances be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended at 12.45 to 2.15 p.m.

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