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Tuesday, 14 March 1961

Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Did the National Health and Medical Research Council resolve in November, 1958, that all types of leukaemia should be made notifiable in every State?

2.   When was this resolution transmitted to the States?

3.   Did he last month make all types of leukaemia notifiable in the Australian Capital Territory?

4.   Which States have made all types of leukaemia notifiable, and when did they do so?

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

1.   Yes.

2.   November, 1958.

3.   Yes. Leukaema was also made notifiable in the Northern Territory from 31st December, 1960.

4.   Victoria- 21st October, 1959. Queensland has amended the Health Act to permit leukaemia to be made notifiable. Certain other States have deferred action upon the ground that the information sought is already available from other sources and mandatory notification is not considered necessary.

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