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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1477

Mr GARRICK (BATMAN, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Social Security. Is it a fact that the proposed social welfare centres to be set up in the main cities - I refer particularly to the Collingwood, Fitzroy and Northcote areas and the western suburbs of Melbourne - have been cut back or deferred? If so, why? If it is intended to continue with these projects when will this occur?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - There is no proposal either to cut back, to defer or to cancel the program. The program is still being considered. A suitably qualified officer of my Department presently is overseas on a relatively brief trip assessing the experience in the United States of America, Britain and some Continental countries in regard to this matter, to ensure that the fairly obvious mistakes which I presume were experienced in those countries in setting up these centres are avoided as much as possible in Australia. When we are in a position to make a firm announcement on the time table for the development of these pilot programs we will do so.

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