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Monday, 18 August 2003
Page: 18669

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain electors of the Electorate Division of Throsby draws to the attention of the House the needless pain and suffering caused to people by the Howard Government's abolition of the Commonwealth Dental Health Program.

The Government currently spends $250 million each year on dental health for those who already have private health cover through the private health insurance rebate. People without the money to afford private health cover are therefore expected to live with the pain until they can get access to emergency dental care.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to:

1. Note that those from poorer socio-economic backgrounds commonly experience barriers to accessing dental health care.

2. Recognise the adverse impact the abolition of the Commonwealth Dental Health Pro-gram has had on people who cannot afford private dental care.

3. Recognise that dental health has implications for other medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory dis-ease and cancer.

4. Support the re-introduction of a Common-wealth funded dental program.

by Ms George (from 1,895 citizens)