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Wednesday, 1 September 1920

Mr MARKS asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

Whether, in view of the lecture delivered at the Medical Congress at Brisbane by Dr. Furness Barrington, president of the obstetric and gynecology section, wherein he showed that in hospitals and properly conducted institutions the introduction of anaesthetics and antiseptics and non-meddlesome midwifery resulted in an enormous reduction of morbidity and mortality, and suggested that the maternity bonus should be stopped, and that this money should be used for the building of modern obstetric hospitals, for their equipment with efficient staffs, and for the extension of maternity charities by providing well-trained obstetric nurses to work under medical supervision, the Government will give consideration to these expert views with a view to abolishing the maternity bonus and adopting the suggestions in lieu thereof?

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