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Wednesday, 20 May 1936

Senator GUTHRIE (Victoria) .- I support the suggestion made by Senator Duncan-Hughes, because attention to the teeth of children and adults is just as important, from the point of view of general health, as is medical attention Dental science has advanced tremendously during the last few years. It is known that defective teeth undermine general health. I differ from the statement of the Minister that this line of argument could be applied with equal force in favour of other deductions - for instance., in respect of expenditure for eye treatment and the purchase of optical glasses. Loss of eyesight will not cause death, but defective teeth, by poisoning the whole system, can do so. I should like to see a concessional deduction allowed for dental attention.

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