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Tuesday, 7 May 1957

Mr TOWNLEY - Yes, they are X-rayed for tuberculosis, and for other complaints, too. The honorable member may be interested to know that that eminent Australian authority, Sir Harry Wunderly, was asked by the Department of Immigration to go overseas and check our normal screening methods.

Dr Evatt - Screening for health?

Mr TOWNLEY - Screening for tuberculosis, and other things. He said -

The conclusion to be drawn from this overseas survey is that the selection of prospective migrants by Australian medical officers is satisfactory and, as a result of increased experience, is of an appreciably higher standard than in 1950. The present methods and procedures provide an adequate degree of protection against the embarkation for Australia of medically undesirable migrants from those countries where they are examined by Australian officers. This medical screening compares very favorably with that of the United States of America, Canada, Sweden and New Zealand, which countries have the same problem as we do.

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