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Wednesday, 11 December 1974
Page: 3440

Senator CARRICK (New South Wales) - The States Grants (Dwellings for Pensioners) Bill is the next logical step from the States Grants (Dwellings for Aged Pensioners) Act 1969. That Bill, which provided a 5-year program of $25m for completely self-contained accommodation for single aged pensioners in receipt of the supplementary assistance, expired this year. This Bill provides a 3-year program of a total of $30m. It extends the provision of eligibility not only to single aged pensioners but also to invalid pensioners, service pensioners who are permanently unemployed or suffering from tuberculosis and to class B widows. The Bill provides for an annual interest free repayable grant to the States of $10m, making $30m for 3 years.

It does do something with regard to the indication of the use of supplementary assistance on rents. It provides that the rent payable for a unit shall not be less than the amount of supplementary assistance. As I say, the Bill represents the extension of a program devised by LiberalCountry Party governments. It has our full support.

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