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Health and Welfare Committee was the first Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee established by the Senate. Its inquiry into disability services was the first of many ground-breaking examinations of matters of national significance. The committee also examined annual reports and petitions relating to health and social welfare.


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Nancy Eileen Buttfield


William Walter Charles Brown


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Committee timeline – The first legislative and general purpose standing committees commence operation


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Mentally and Physically Handicapped Persons in AustraliaParliamentary paper number 45/1971

Gordon Sinclair Davidson, committee member 1970-71, Interview with Bruce Edwards, 1984-86, National Library of Australia, TRC 4900/41, session 79, 00:11:23-00:13:18.

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Petitions Relating to Social ServicesParliamentary paper number 123/1973
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Petition Relating to the Transfer of Social Service EntitlementsParliamentary paper number 124/1973
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RepatriationParliamentary paper number 234/1973
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Petition Relating to Ultrasonic Aids for the BlindParliamentary paper number 46/1974
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Rehabilitation Services for the Disadvantaged (Handicapped)Parliamentary paper number 45/1974
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Petitions Relating to the Proposed National Health SchemeParliamentary paper number 283/1974
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Continuing Oversight of the Report of the Senate Select Committee on Drug Trafficking and Drug Abuse (Report No. 1)Parliamentary paper number 31/1975
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The Annual Report 1972-73 of the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories CommissionParliamentary paper number 161/1975
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