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Tuesday, 22 May 1973
Page: 2465

Mr Wallis (GREY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for Social Security, upon notice:

In the plans of his Department to establish rehabilitation clinics outside the metropolitan areas, isit the

Intention of the Department to establish such a clinic in the Northern Spencer Gulf area of South Australia, in either Port Pirie or Whyalla.

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

Approval has been given to the development of a rehabilitation clinic in Port Pirie, and this will provide a service to the Northern Spencer Gulf area including Whyalla.

Income Tax Deductions: Pre-school Fees (Question No. 512)

Mr Bourchier (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Australian Labor Party promise during its election campaign to allow pre-school fees as an income tax deduction.

(2)   If so, will these fees be an allowable deduction for the financial year 1972-73.

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

(1)   The Prime Minister, in his Election Policy Speech, announced a proposal to allow income tax deductions in respect of payments to a recognised child care centre, up to a maximum of $260 per annum.

(2)   The proposal is being examined and will, in the normal course, come under consideration in the context of the Budget discussions. In all the circumstances it would not however appear practicable to render such payments an allowance deduction in respect of the present financial year.

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