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Tuesday, 22 June 1937

Senator BRENNAN (VICTORIA) (Minister without portfolio assisting the Minister for Commerce) - On the 18th June, Senator J. V. MacDonald asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, the following question upon notice : -

Whether it is correct, as alleged to be stated by Dr. Nott, ex-Member of the House of Representatives, now of Canberra, "that 40 per cent, of the babies born during the regime of the Lyons-Page Government are suffering from malnutrition ", and if so, what action does the Government propose to take to remove such a state of affairs?

The Minister for Health has now supplied the following answer: -

The statement that 40 per cent, of children arc suffering from malnutrition is doubtless a repetition of statements that have been made by some medical authorities. These statements, however, require to be read with their full context, which indicates the degree and the nature of the malnutrition. The Government has appointed an Advisory Council on Nutrition which is now inquiring into this question. The council expects to make its report about the end of this year.

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