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Tuesday, 25 September 1973
Page: 1490


Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Duthie (WILMOT, TASMANIA) - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted. (The document read as follows) -

 

(a)   Subsidy first introduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis. (b) Subsidy changed from a one-for-one to a two-for-one basis.

Compiled at request by the Legislative Research Service from information supplied by the Department of Social Security.


Mr BERINSON - I think a plain reading of the figures involved will show how the maximum subsidy cannot possibly be read as matching the inflation in building costs. The Minister has assured us that the scheme is under review in all respects. It is due for a review. I think one should say that its contribution undoubtedly has been worthwhile. It has cost the public $171m. It has housed 50,000 people. In my own electorate there are 18 homes housing almost 1,400 people. The cost of those homes has been about $4. 5m. A tremendous amount of good has been done. Despite all the problems that are involved, I frankly cannot see the scheme ever being replaced entirely, although I would whole-heartedly support all alternative measures to increase domiciliary assistance.







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