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Thursday, 28 March 1957

Mr Webb b asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Is the Commonwealth required, under the International Convention on Drugs of Addiction, to report each year the number of known drug addicts?

2.   ls drug addiction notifiable in only two States, viz.: - Queensland and South Australia?

3.   If so, how can a correct figure be supplied by the Commonwealth?

4.   In view of the reported increase in the use of drugs, does the Commonwealth intend to take action to comply with the decision of the World Health Organization with respect to the reporting of drug addiction so that addiction can be adequately controlled and treated?

Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes.

2.   Yes.

3.   The Commonwealth must rely upon the accuracy of the estimates submitted by States where drug addiction is not notifiable.

4.   Notification and treatment of addiction will require amendment of the law in some States. The Commonwealth has sought the co-operation of these States in having the appropriate amendments effected as soon as possible.

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