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Thursday, 24 August 1972
Page: 381


Senator Dame NANCY BUTTFIELD - My question to the Minister representing the Prime Minister is supplementary to that which was asked by Senator Laucke. Is the Minister aware that the President of the United States has set up a special committee to foster and to educate the public, industrialists and bureaucrats in the value of employing handicapped people? Is he aware that because of this committee the United States has led the world in its successful endeavours to have more job opportunities offered to the handicapped?

Is he aware also that the Secretary-General of this committee is at present in Australia for the World Congress for the Handicapped, which is to be held in Sydney next week? Will the Prime Minister meet this man to investigate the possibilities of setting up a Prime Minister's committee to do exactly the same thing here, that is, to sponsor job opportunities for handicapped people?


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - I am aware of the information which the honourable senator has just given to the Senate and 1 am also aware, as is the Government, of the wonderful work being done in Australia by certain organisations. 1 would have to see the Prime Minister about the remainder of the question. It will be for him to decide what further action he takes.







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