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Wednesday, 30 May 1973
Page: 2922

Mr Mathews asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   What approaches on family planning have been made to the Government in each of the last 5 years.

(2)   What was the amount expended by the Government for the (a) development and (b) dissemination of family planning (i) information and (ii) appliances in each of the last 5 years.

(3)   Which Government Departments incurred expenditure in connection with family planning programs, and what was the amount in each case.

(4)   What are the names of the non-government organisations to which funds were made available by the Government, and what was the amount in each case.

Dr Everingham - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The approaches made to the Government on family planning and the years in which they were made are listed below:

(i)   requests to exempt contraceptives from sales tax- 1968 to 1973 inclusive;

(ii)   requests to allow gifts to family planning associations as income tax deductions - 1968 to 1973 inclusive;

(iii)   requests for financial assistance - 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973;

(iv)   requests to reduce the cost of the contraceptive pill, for example, by listing it as a pharmaceutical benefit- 1971, 1972, 1973;

(v)   requests to remove legal restrictions on the advertising of contraceptives - 1971, 1973;

(vi)   requests for information on Government involvement in family planning - 1970, 1972;

(vii)   requests for a Government initiative in the provision of family planning services - 1969, 1972;

(viii)   invitations to attend or send observers to conferences on family planning - 1970, 1971;

(ix)   request to evaluate family planning services - 1972;

(x)   request to participate in a family planning education project - 1972; and

(xi)   request that the Government ensure that the effectiveness of contraceptives is recorded on the packet- 1973.

(2)   With the exclusion of those Territories wherein it has a direct responsibility for health and welfare matters, the Australian Government has not been directly involved in supplying appliances or disseminating information on family planning in the last5 years.

(3)   The Government has incurred expenditure in connection with family planning as follows:

(i)   Department of the Environment, Aborigines and the Arts- $27,330;

(ii)   Department of Foreign Affairs- $300,000;

(iii)   Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet $10,000;

(iv)   Department of Health- $75,000; and

(v)   Department of Aboriginal Affairs - $14,400.

(4)   The organisations which received these funds and the amounts received are listed below:

(i)   United Nations Fund for population activities $200,000;

(ii)   International Planned Parenthood Federation $100,000;

(iii)   Family Planning Association of Australia $89,830;

(iv)   Council for Aboriginal Women of South Australia $1 1,900; and

(v)   National Catholic Welfare Committee- $25,000.

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