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Thursday, 20 September 1973
Page: 1315

Mr BENNETT (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - Is the Minister for Social Security aware of an article in a Western Australian newspaper of 15 September which quotes a witness appearing before the Senate Select Committee on Social Environment as saying that social security cheques for some Aboriginals in East Perth were mailed straight to a wine saloon? Is he further aware of an article appearing in that excellent paper, the Sunday Independent', of 16 September quoting a saloon keeper as denying those allegations? Will the Minister inform the House of the true facts of the situation?

Mr HAYDEN (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Social Security) - On the publication of this initial report the Department of Social Security as much as it was able to do in Perth, carried out a check of the addresses to which cheques were being posted and could find no evidence that social service cheques were being posted to a wine saloon. This week social security cheques will be posted and a comprehensive check will be made, but we feel fairly confident, on the basis of the first check, that there is no evidence to support this allegation at all.

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