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Thursday, 22 October 1914

Senator BLAKEY (VICTORIA) - I wish to ask the Minister of Defence the following questions : -

1.   As the General Officer Commanding has ordered vaccination of the troops against both typhoid and small-pox, and as there are other diseases for which medical men recommend inoculation, including rheumatism, tuberculosis, scarlet fever, carbuncle and similar infections, syphilis, gonorrhoea, pneumonia, meningitis, catarrh, cholera, human glanders, diphtheria, &c, will the General Officer Commanding order inoculation of all troops for each of these, as well as for small-pox and typhoid?

2.   Will these inoculations safeguard the physical health of the force, or debilitate it?

3.   Can the General Officer Commanding assure the Minister that two or more different inoculations will not be mutually destructive, and, when fully carried out as above suggested, the internal war in the constitution of eachsoldier will not be more destructive than the German bullets?

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