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Wednesday, 3 May 1961


Territories: Have the Australian authorities in Papua and New Guinea accepted the decision of the Eighth World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization in 1955, at Mexico City, to aim at the total eradication of malaria? Have they caused to be studied in Papua and New Guinea any development of the tendency feared by the World Health Organization - namely, that certain mosquitoes carrying malaria have become resistant to residual insecticides such as D.D.T.? Do the Australian authorities in the Territories ask for assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization in the elimination, respectively, of malnutrition and endemic diseases such as malaria and hookworm, as do the Dutch in West New Guinea? Is it still true to say, as Dr. Gunther informed the Political Science Conference in 1957, that because of a curtain of disease, notably hook-worm and malaria, we have never seen the Papuan people at 100 per cent. health and efficiency?

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