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Wednesday, 3 May 1961

Mr HASLUCK (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Territories) - I am not in a position to answer the technical questions that the honorable member has asked, and I suggest that at least that portion of his question be put on the notice-paper. So far as our relationship with the World Health Organization is concerned we have the closest possible relationship with that organization. In the matter of malaria eradication we have had a visit from an expert of the World Health Organization to the Territory who furnished us with a report, and our own officers have, under fellowships provided by the World Health Organization, attended several seminars and courses to help them in their work. Generally speaking - and I speak subject to possible error on the technical points - there are considerable differences of opinion among persons of good standing about the best method of eradicating malaria. Our own Department of Health in the Territory, following the best judgment available to it, has recommended a course which varies in some respects from the course that has been recommended by the World Health Organization. That is a matter of judgment. I have confidence that my own officers have made a proposal which is soundly based and suited to the needs of the Territory.

Mr Beazley - Eradication is their objective?

Mr HASLUCK - That is among the technical points on which differences occur. There is a difference of judgment between experts whether eradication or control is the best method of tackling this problem. The matter is not a question of the intensity or the earnestness of the effort. The question is solely one of choosing the method most likely to achieve quickly the best results. If the honorable member will put the remaining part of his question on the notice-paper, I shall supply a detailed answer.

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