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Friday, 26 November 1965

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Treasurer) - I read reports of this matter for the first time this morning and

I have already initiated inquiries to find out whether the reports are correct and whether Australian soldiers in South Vietnam are affected in any way. When these inquiries are completed I will give the honorable member further information. So far I have had no reports that the drugs being used by Australian soldiers have not proved effective against malaria. If there were any doubt about their effectiveness I think I would have heard of it because the Director-General of Medical Services has arrived back only in the last few days from a tour in South Vietnam during which he has been looking at matters such as this. However, I will give the- honorable member further information when I have concluded my inquiries.

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