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Friday, 26 May 1972
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Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Housing, arises out of an answer to a question he gave me yesterday in relation to photostatic copies of marriage and birth certificates being produced by people applying for homes saving grants. Will the Minister now take action to ensure that all persons applying for a homes saving grant are advised at the time of application that photostatic copies of marriage and birth certificates will be accepted as bona fide proof of their age and marital state?

Senator WRIGHT - If I interpret correctly the answer which I gave yesterday on behalf of the Minister for Housing, the suggestion of the honourable senator would be quite consistent with the Minister's point of view. I know that the honourable senator suggests, not that we send individual communications to all applicants, but that in advising applicants as they deal with them officers throughout the Department should advise them that photostatic copies of certificates are sufficient. (Senator Murphy rising in his place) -

Senator McLaren - Mr President, I have a supplementary question.

The PRESIDENT - Order! I call the Leader of the Opposition first.

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