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Thursday, 29 March 1979
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Mr Clyde Cameron (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I preface my question which is directed to the Minister for Health by stating that last week the Parliament made it quite clear that it believed that the cost of abortions which fall within the law of a particular State should be covered by this Government's health scheme. I now ask whether the

Minister has directed his attention to an excellent article written by Jacqueline Rees headed 'Why One Baby in Five is Aborted' which appeared in this week's Bulletin. If he has not, will he do so? In any event, will he pay attention to the point made by the writer, namely, that if the cost of abortions is to be met by the Commonwealth Government then it has a bounden duty to spend its money in preventing the necessity of abortions by giving more money to family planning associations so that proper contraceptive means can be employed, rather than the more costly exercise of dealing with unwanted abortions?

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