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Thursday, 17 October 1974
Page: 1812

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I would like to ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security. Is he aware that the new approved fees that Tasmanian nursing homes may charge are up to $13 a day and that unless some increase is made in the pensioner benefit subsidy many pensioners in Tasmanian nursing homes will be forced out of those homes? Can the Minister advise where the Government will look after these people if they are forced to leave? Has the Government any plans to increase the pensioner benefit subsidy paid to pensioners in private homes in Tasmania, and when does the Minister expect any such additional payments to be made?

Senator WHEELDON -Senator Townley did mention this matter to me while the Senate was sitting this morning. I told him then that I had not knowledge of this. I can only suggest that he put the question on notice.

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