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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 1386

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) -Has the attention of the Minister representing the Minister for Health been attracted to a report on research in the United States which indicates some relationship between small-pox injection of children and multiple sclerosis in later life? If he has seen the report, is the Department prepared to carry out a thorough investigation in case there is some truth in the report, especially since multiple sclerosis is such a dreadful disease?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - In a private capacity I am a patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of New South Wales. In that capacity I have seen the report to which the honourable senator referred. I intend discussing the matter with my colleague the Minister for Health to ask him what his Department can or will do about the matter.

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