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Friday, 24 August 1923

Dr EARLE PAGE (Cowper) (Treasurer) . - I move-

That this House places on record its deep gratitude to the International Health Board (Rockefeller 'Institute) for its generous and valuable assistance in connexion with the public 'health of the Commonwealth.

I should like to couple with the motion the names of Dr. Lanza, Dr. Sawyer, and Colonel Longley, who have done work of such incalculable value in connexion with the investigation of ankylostomiasis or the hookworm disease, in the endeavour to abolish it from the tropical parts of the Commonwealth. The Rockefeller Institute, through the International Health Board, has given to the Commonwealth extremely generous assistance indeed. At the outset, the Board undertook to contribute approximately £33,000, and a trained supervisory staff to determine the prevalence of hookworm in Australia and its dependencies, and to inaugurate a system for the permanent control of the disease. Subsequently, upon the condition that the Commonwealth established a Ministry of Health, the Board undertook to furnish an expert adviser in each of the fields of tropical hygiene, industrial hygiene, sanitary engineering, and laboratory administration. We have now had the advantage of the presence for two years of the three gentlemen whom I have named, and already the Commonwealth has profited enormously from their presence and advice. I think it fitting that the House should place on record its appreciation of the work done by the institute for the uplift of humanity in such a noble and generous fashion.

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