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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1856

Senator Sheil asked the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation, upon notice:

(   1 ) How many medical officers have left the Department of Repatriation and Compensation this year and taken up positions with the Department of Social Security.

(2   ) What arrangements are proposed to cover repatriation medical and hospital cases under the Government's new health policy.

Senator Wheeldon - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   One.

(2)   It is the intention of the Government that medical and hospital treatment will continue to be available to eligible patients through the Repatriation treatment scheme upon implementation of the Health Insurance Program.

The honourable senator will recall that the Health Insurance Levy Assessment Bill recently rejected in this House, sought to provide certain categories of Repatriation beneficiaries with partial or total relief from payment of the levy.

Redcliffs Project: Environmental Consequences Senator Wheeldon-On 30 July 1974, Senator Jessop asked me, as the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment and Conservation, the following question without notice:

Will the Federal Government seek the co-operation of the South Australian Government to comply with the request of the Conservation Council of South Australia that a 3 month public review period be Redcliffs to consider an environmental impact study associated with the Redcliffs Project?

The Minister for the Environment and Conservation has now furnished me with the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

I have just completed discussions with the Minister in South Australia responsible for this matter, Mr Broomhill, M.P., during which it was agreed that there should be a public hearing. The report on the environmental consequences of the proposal, prepared by the Consortium which would undertake the project, has been made available to the South Australian Government and this Government. This report will form the basis of the public hearing, which commenced on Tuesday IS October 1974 and is expected to last for a couple of weeks. The report of the Hearing Commissioners will be available in time for its implications to be considered by the South Australian Government before it presents the relevant bill to the South Australian Parliament.

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