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Thursday, 15 October 1964

Senator WADE - It is a fact that my Department has organised the use of a light aeroplane and a most modern piece of X-ray equipment to complete in great detail the mass chest X-ray of all inhabitants of the Northern Territory. This team will fossick out areas that have not previously been examined, and it is hoped that in this way a most comprehensive survey of the whole population will bc made. I am not quite sure of the purport of the honorable senator's question about whether light aeroplanes arc used in other parts of Australia for this purpose. As the honorable senator knows, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has a most efficient service and I think some State Governments, including those of Western Australia and Victoria, have light aircraft that they use for emergency work. If the question refers to the transportation of

X-ray equipment to isolated areas, I think that at this point of time the Commonwealth Department of Health is the only Government Department which is giving such a service.

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