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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 1898

Senator TOWNLEY (TASMANIA) - I ask a question of the Minister representing the Minister for Health. It concerns the matter of free milk for school children which, the Minister will remember, I raised by way of questions on other occasions. Is it a fact that no national nutritional surveys have been carried out since 1948 and that in 1948 nutritionists regarded school milk as a tremendously important aid to good national nutrition? Is it a fact that statistics on national food consumption show only a marginal change in milk consumption since 1948? Finally, is the Minister aware that in many areas children are subsisting on a less than adequate diet, that the removal of the free milk scheme next year will be to the further detriment of their diet, and that the statement that there is no longer any justification for this scheme on a nutritional basis is incorrect and cannot be justified?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) -The matters raised by the honourable senator obviously require the attention of my colleague in another place. I ask the honourable senator to place the question on the notice paper.

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