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Wednesday, 26 June 1946

Mr Francis s asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   What steps, if any, have been taken by his department to combat the present poliomyelitis epidemic?

2.   Is his department conducting research on the disease?

Mr Holloway - The Minister for Health has supplied the -following answers : -

1.   The responsibility for dealing with epidemics in a State is one entirely for the State Government, and the Commonwealth Government has not been asked to assist in any way. "2. No special research is being conducted by the department at the present time, although a constant watch is kept on all investigations carried out abroad. The department, under the National Health and Medical Research Council, has contributed from time to time for special research on virus disease. Poliomyelitis is caused by a virus.

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