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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 621

To the Honourable the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

The humble petition of undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth:

That the proposed elimination of privately operated nursing homes in favour of large State operated institutions is against the welfare of nursing home patients.

That chronically ill citizens of this country are entitled to be free to exercise a choice as to their surroundings and accommodation.

That the intended large impersonal institutions are a retrograde step in the total health care of all citizens.

That the extra expense entailed in the establishment and maintenance of the proposed large institutions cannot be justified on either economic or social grounds.

That the citizens of this country who are entitled to a nursing home subsidy should be allowed to have the subsidy applied towards the cost of their maintenance in the nursing home of their choice.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Government will take no measures to interfere with the continued existence and viability of private nursing homes.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. by Mr Gorton.

Petition received.

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