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Wednesday, 24 May 1972
Page: 1947


The PRESIDENT - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.


Senator McMANUS - I present the following petition:

To the Honourable the President and Honourable Senators. The humble petition of the undersigned electors of the Commonwealth respectfully showeth:

1.   That ultrasonic waves, translated to audible frequencies for interpretation can be used to make blind persons almost as self-reliant as bats which also use ultrasonic waves in the dark.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray:

2.   That the Commonwealth produce and provide ultrasonic aids for the blind on the same terms as hearing aids for children, pensioners and others.

That alternatively, the organisations struggling to manufacture and provide these aids be approved for subsidy under the Slates Grants (Paramedical Services) Act 1969.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

Petition received and read.


Senator McMANUS - 1 ask leave to move that this petition be referred to the Standing Committee on Health and Welfare.


The PRESIDENT - Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Motion (by Senator McManus) agreed to:

That the petition be referred to the Standing Committee on Health and Welfare.







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