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Tuesday, 30 May 1972
Page: 2226


Senator MCAULIFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I address a question to the Minister representing the Acting Minister for Health. Is the Minister aware that Dr Reader of the National Heart Foundation and Dr Willee, Director of Physical Education at the University of Melbourne, have declared that Australian over- 16-year- olds are less fit than their American counterparts who are considered to be the most unfit race of people in the world? Is he also aware that these gentlemen claim that this unfitness has produced a new illness, sufferers of which are said to be hypokinetic because they do so little exercise that they cannot keep their bodies functioning? What urgent action does the Minister propose to take to give greater emphasis to physical education in schools in view of these alarming claims?


Senator GREENWOOD - I am unable, from my own knowledge, to confirm that I am aware of the allegations to which the honourable senator has referred. I think that in the circumstances all I can do is convey the sentiments expressed by Senator McAuliffe to the Acting Minister for Health for him to consider and to make such response as he deems proper.







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