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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3163

Mr Neil asked the Minister, representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 16 August 1977:

(1)   What major programs were funded by the Department of Social Security in the Electoral Divisions of (a) St George, (b) Banks, (c) Barton and (d) Lang during 1976-77, including recurrent and non-recurrent expenditure.

(2)   What was the expenditure on each program.

Mr Hunt - The Minister for Social Security has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) and (2) A. Information showing the amount of expenditure on pensions and benefits in the Electoral Divisions of St George, Banks, Barton and Lang during 1976-77 is not available. However, the following table shows the estimated number of pensioners (including supporting mother beneficiaries) in the nominated Electoral Divisions at 30 June 1977.

B.   Grant made under the Commonwealth Government's program of Grants to Community Welfare Agencies (Special Assistance Scheme) in 1976-77 in the Federal Electorate of Banks. Grant totalled $ 1 ,730.

C. (i) Children's Services Program funds projects in the four Electoral Divisions. Expenditure for 1 976-77 listed only relates to expenditure paid direct to organisations. Details of expenditure through the New South Wales State Government i.e., for pre-schools would have to be sought from that Government

(a)   St George-$24, 187 recurrent; no capital

(b)   Banks-$25,367 recurrent; no capital

(c)   Barton- $ 1 8,842 recurrent; no capital

(d)   Lang-$52,527 recurrent; $16,125 capital.

(ii)   Expenditure on the Children's Services Program in 1976-77 was as Mows:



D.   In the electorate of St George during 1976-77, one project was approved under the Aged Persons Hostel Act. This project provides a fifty-two bed hostel and is sponsored by the Uniting Church in Australia. The grant has been provisionally determined at $827,638.

During 1976-77, $506,421 was expended under the Aged Persons Hostels Act in the St George electorate. No expenditure has been made under the Aged Persons Hostels Act in the electorates of Banks, Barton, and Lang.

E.   Under the Aged or Disabled Persons Homes Act, no capital expenditure was incurred in the electorates of St George, Banks, Barton and Lang, for 1976-77. However recurrent expenditure, by way of Personal Care Subsidy was paid as follows:


Two Aged Persons Hostels were approved during 1976-77 for payment of Personal Care Subsidy, one in the St George electorate and the other in the electorate of Banks.

F.   Under the Delivered Meals Subsidy Act, the following expenditure was incurred during 1 976-77:


No new services were approved in either electorate during 1976-77.

G.   Under the States Grants (Home Care) Act, the following subsidies towards Senior Citizens' Centres and Welfare Officers have been paid. Information is also supplied with regard to the projects approved for funding in 1977-78 with the estimate of subsidy at the date of approval.

St George Senior Citizens' Centre- nil. Welfare Officer 1976-77 Rockdale $3,722.


The Subsidy for Home Care Services for aged persons is paid only in respect of State Government expenditure. In New South Wales, this service is provided through a single

State Government utility, the New South Wales Housekeepers Emergency Service administered by the State Department of Youth and Community Affairs.

H. Handicapped Persons Assistance Act

Under the Handicapped Persons Assistance Act, no major capital projects were approved for funding during the 1976-77 financial year in the electorates of (a) St George, (b) Banks, (c) Barton, (d) Lang. However financial assistance was provided by the Government under the program to maintain existing services for the handicapped.

The services supported number two in St George, five in Banks, two in Barton, four in Lang; and comprise activity therapy centres, sheltered workshops, training centres and residentials for the handicapped.

The recurrent and non-recurrent expenditure for each electorate for 1976-77 is given below:


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