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Thursday, 11 May 1972
Page: 1565

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Does the Leader of the Government in the Senate recall my question to him on 7th September 1971 and his subsequent reply outlining the decision of the Government to defer Mr Gorton's scheme to assist in the provision of child care centres? The reply indicatd that the state of the economy influenced the Government's decision in 1971. I ask the Minister: In view of the Prime Minister's proposals at the moment to stimulate the economy, will he agree to raise again the question of child care centres with the Cabinet so that the Commonwealth can play a meaningful role in the immediate provision of these essential community facilities?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON I could forgive Senator Gietzelt for asking this question which strictly seeks an opinion on a matter of policy. In that sense, it is not one about which I would wish to say anything further. He has asked for a view on Government policy and I am not in a position to answer such an inquiry at question time.

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