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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3180

Mr Braithwaite asked the Minister, representing the Minister for Social Security, upon notice, on 13 October 1977:

(1)   What was the amount of welfare services provided through the Department of Social Security within the electoral divisions of Leichhardt, Herbert, Kennedy and Dawson during each of the years 1973-74 to 1976-77, inclusive, and what were the categories in which they were paid.

(2)   What was the total Commonwealth expenditure in these categories during the same years.

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


B.   Children's Services Program- The expenditure details below are for direct expenditure only. The Queensland Government would have to be approached for expenditure 'via the State'.


Leichhardt, Herbert, Kennedy and Dawson in the years 1973-74 to 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 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1977.


C.   Community Information Centre Program

(i)   The following grants were made during the period 1973-74 to 1976-77 under the Community Information Centre Program.

(ii)   Total Commonwealth Government expenditure from 1973-74 to 1976-77 under the Community Information Centre Program:

Total expenditure-1974-75, $39,520; 1975-76, $38,668; 1976-77, $42,000.

D.   Scheme of Grants to Organisations for Migrant Welfare Activities-

(i)   Under this scheme there is one grant made available to the 'Community Advice and Information Centre Mt Isa' which is in the electoral division of Kennedy.

No grants are currently allocated to any agencies in any of the other electoral divisions mentioned.

Expenditure on the Mt Isa grant during each of the years 1 973-74 to 1 976-77 has been as follows:





The grant was vacant during this year because of difficulties in recruiting a suitable replacement for the incumbent Social Worker.

The payments of the grant were resumed on 8.8.77 with employment of a welfare worker by the Agency.

(ii)   The total Commonwealth expenditure for GrantinAid scheme for the financial year from 1973-74 to 1976-77:


E.   The following payments were made for financial years 1973-74 to 1976-77 inclusive.














The subsidy for home care services for aged persons is paid only in respect of State Government expenditure. In Queensland this service is provided and administered by the Department of Health.



F.   Homeless Persons Assistance Act (in operation since 13 December 1974)


G.   Handicapped Persons Assistance Act-Records of expenditure under the Handicapped Persons Assistance Act (and previous Acts) were not maintained by electoral divisions until 1976-77. The information for 1973-74, 1974-75 and 1975-76 is being sought and will be given to the honourable member as soon as it is available.

The amount spent under the handicapped persons welfare program during 1976-77 is as follows:


Total Commonwealth expenditure in this field during 1976- 77 was $29,984,337 ($18,828,101 for recurrent expenditure and $11,1 56,236 for non-recurrent expenditure ).

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