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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2461

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health, upon notice.

What steps have been taken, as recommended by the Senate Select Committee on Medical and Hospital Costs in its reports of 25th September 1969 and 2nd June 1970, to co-operate with the Slates (a) in developing schemes for the provision of dental care to pre-school and school children and (b) in extending schemes for the fluoridation of water supplies.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

The provision of school dental services and the fluoridation of water supplies within States are regarded as the responsibility of the various State Governments. A school dental service operates in both the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. As regards fluoridation, the Australian Capital Territory water supply was fluoridated in 1964 and the Alice Springs water supply on 1st June this year. It is expected that the Darwin water supply will be fluoridated by early next year.

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