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Tuesday, 19 November 1974
Page: 2472


Senator EVERETT (TASMANIA) - I address a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Health. Has the Australian Government recently raised with State Governments the question of discrimination by the exclusion of males from those eligible to be trained as school dental therapists or nurses? Have any of the State Governments responded to the Australian Government's representations? Specifically, is there any indication of the prospects of an alteration of the position in Tasmania so that males will be able to be trained as school dental therapists or nurses?


Senator WHEELDON -The Australian Government has sought the views of all State Governments on this matter and replies have been received from all State Governments except the Government of Western Australia. The Tasmanian Government has put forward the point of view, in which the Australian Government concurs, that however desirable it may be to have women trained as school dental therapists, men should not be precluded from undergoing that training and becoming school dental therapists. In fact we are informed that the Tasmanian Government is considering legislation to amend the existing law relating to this matter so that men may be trained as school dental therapists.







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