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Thursday, 3 November 1927

Senator PAYNE (TASMANIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Home and Territories, upon notice -

1.   Is it a fact that, after incurring expenditure in a campaign devoted to combating the ravages of venereal disease among the natives of the Territory of New Guinea, the campaign was unable to be pushed to a satisfactory conclusion owing to lack of funds?

2.   Were representations made to the Minister of Health, for advice and/or to the Government for special assistance for this object; and if so, with what result?

3.   Has the matter been considered by the Government with a view to this work being again taken up and carried to a successful conclusion ?

Senator Sir WILLIAMGLASGOW.The answers to the honorable senator's question are as follow: -

1.   Inquiries are being made and the information will be supplied as soon as possible.

2.   When the annual grant for the welfare of the natives was initiated, it was specifically laid down by the responsible Minister that a substantial portion of the grant should be allocated to the medical services of the Territory so far as they related to the natives. It was understood that portion of this allocation would be expended on the campaign against venereal disease.

3.   See answer to 1.

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