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Thursday, 7 November 1946

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Has the Minister representing the Minister .for Health and Minister .for Social Services read a letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald of the eth November, in which Dr. Keith Barry cited a medical specialist as having said that .more Australian lives had been lost because of tuberculosis between 1914 and 1918 than had been lost in the two world wars, and that three people a day were dying in New South Wales -from a preventable -disease ? Has the Minister read, in particular, .this statement by Dr.. Barry : " It is a pretty grim .business telling a youngster that you realize that he is desperately ill but no facilities are available for helping him .get better " ? If so, will the Minister immediately .convene a conference with the States to initiate action to provide the necessary treatment facilities to cope with this scourge, so that the alarming death -rate as the result of it may be .arrested ?

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