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Thursday, 3 July 1941

Senator CAMERON (Victoria) . - Sub-clause 3 of clause 3 provides that the council may make inquiries into the causes of physical unfitness in the community, and may for that purpose cooperate with the National Health and Medical Research Council. Does the Government intend that that council shall use its discretion as to whether inquiries shall be made into the causes of physical unfitness?

Senator Leckie - Yes. The council may inquire into any phase of the causes of national unfitness.

Senator CAMERON - Should not the clause be made mandatory?

Senator Leckie - If the council does its work thoroughly it will consult every available authority, and I cannot imagine that such a body would fail to consult the proper authorities.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 4 agreed to.

Clause 5 (Application of fund).

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