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Thursday, 16 November 1939

Appeal to be Made.

Efforts are to be made to save Stewart House, which, for eight years, has been combating malnutrition among school children.

At the annual meeting of the home yesterday it was stated that the income last year was £2,148, and the expenses were £3,306, while, since the end' of the year, the deficit had reached £300.

Since its inception, it was reported, 3,395 children had passed through Stewart House.

Sir FrederickStewart said that when millions were being spent on arms, it was surely equally important to safeguard health.

Yet the Minister has not seen fit to raise one finger or make one effort to prevent an extension of malnutrition among the unfortunate women and children of New South Wales. Many of our people are in dire distress.

I direct attention now to a newspaper report of a case in which a man named Maher pleaded guilty to a charge of having stolen a quantity of groceries in ordeT to provide food for his starving family. Although an appeal for leniency was made, he was sentenced to sixmonths imprisonment. This report reads: -

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