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Tuesday, 19 September 1972
Page: 916

Senator GAIR (Queensland) (Leader of the Australian Democratic Labor Party) - I would like to raise a matter for my information and for the information of a great number of people in the community who applaud this measure. I am a little puzzled by the facet of the Bill which provides for subsidies of varying amounts in the various States. For instance, if honourable senators peruse the schedule they will find that in Victoria these nursing homes merit a bigger subsidy than they are in some of the other States. I would like to know the explanation for that. It occurs to me that the people responsible for the conduct of these nursing homes who were anxious to keep costs down are now being penalised when compared with those people who increased their charges every time the pension increased. Those who increased their charges will benefit by getting a higher subsidy than those who tried to keep their charges down to a moderate amount. If that is the case, then I believe it is most unfair and that it is poor reward for those who tried to keep their charges to a moderate level.

Senator Greenwood - I do not think the honourable senator's remarks are directly pertinent to this Bill. He is talking about nursing home benefits. This legislation relates to aged persons hostels.

Senator GAIR - ls this not the same legislation?

Senator Greenwood - No. It is related in the sense-:-

Senator GAIR - It is an allied Bill.

Senator Greenwood - It is not part of this legislation.

Senator Wright - The schedule to which the honourable senator refers is in another Bill.

Senator GAIR - Well, that gives me greater opportunity to expand on what I want to say.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.

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