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Tuesday, 24 September 1974
Page: 1289

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation. As the Government now provides free artificial limbs to everyone in the community, using the facilities of the Repatriation Artificial Limb and Appliance Centres, what assistance is given to Australian Aborigines suffering limb deformities as a result of leprosy?

Senator WHEELDON (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Repatriation and Compensation) - I am pleased to be able to say that one of the consequences of the extension of repatriation services into the field of the provision of artificial limbs has been that this service has been extended to Aborigines, many of whom were suffering very greatly because of leprosy. Artificial limbs are now available free of charge to Aborigines, as they are available to all other citizens. The Department of Repatriation and Compensation, in conjunction with the Department of Health, has provided a centre in Darwin where artificial limbs are made available to all those who are in need of them, particularly Aborigines.

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