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    13   SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY AWARENESS MONTH

The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Mr Hayes—That this House:

(1)    notes that the month of August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness Month;

(2)    further notes that:

(a)    52 Australians die each month from this rare genetic motor neuron disease;

(b)   SMA is the leading genetic killer of infants under the age of two; and

(c)    this debilitating disease can occur in both adults and children;

(3)    expresses support for:

(a)    the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association Inc.; and

(b)   all Australian families affected by this incurable disease; and

(4)    calls for the Government to:

(a)    lodge SMA as a keyword with the National Health and Medical Research Council;

(b)   provide support for practical initiatives for those affected by SMA; and

(c)    promote awareness of SMA ( see item No. 2, Votes and Proceedings )—

Debate resumed.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.