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Thursday, 1 September 1994
Page: 752


Senator PATTERSON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that:

    (i)1 September 1994 is National Daffodil Day throughout Australia, a day which promotes awareness about cancer,

    (ii)the daffodil is the symbol for cancer and is used to give a positive message of hope and renewed life for people living with cancer and their carers,

    (iii)cancer, after circulatory diseases, is the second most common cause of death in Australia and was responsible for 26.3 per cent of all deaths in 1991,

    (iv)in 1988, the year for which the latest reliable statistics are available, 56 777 Australians were diagnosed as having cancer and, in 1991, 20 401 Australians died from cancer, and

    (v)in total, the National Health and Medical Research Council funding for medical research in 1993 was $104.48 million, of which only $13.5 million was spent on cancer research; and

  (b)calls on the Government, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that research into the causes and treatment of cancer is funded appropriately.