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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr CLEAVER (SWAN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Is the honorable gentleman aware of the progress made at St. Dunstan's Home for the Blind in the United Kingdom in respect of the use of an optophone instrument which converts printed words to a sound alphabet of musical notes? As this opens up attractive prospects for the blind people of Australia I ask the honorable gentleman whether the necessary research and experiments may be undertaken by the Commonwealth Acoustic Laboratories where, possibly, these instruments could be manufactured.

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