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Thursday, 20 November 1941

Senator LECKIE (Victoria) .- Although I am obliged to the Minister for the explanation he has given and accept his figures as correct, the information that has been supplied to him on this subject is so utterly opposed to opinions expressed hy medical authorities as to make it appear that his quotation was a rather fortuitous discovery. I should have thought that the honorable senator would have realized that, according to most authorities, the general health of the people depends to a very great degree upon their dental health. The committee should not agree to the imposition of a tax that will increase the price of tooth pastes. Every one realizes how important is the proper care of teeth, particularly of children in their early years. However, as the Minister has told us that no less than £30,000 would be lost if an amendment to retain these items in the 10 per cent, class were agreed to, I shall not do anything further in the matter.

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