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Monday, 18 June 2001
Page: 27673

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws the attention of the House to the need for urgent assistance for Vietnam veterans' children due to their father's exposure to 31 toxic chemicals and anti-malarial drug Dapsone during the Vietnam war.

Your petitioners ask the House to support decisions in Volume 3 Validation Study on Morbidity of Vietnam veterans and children, revealing:

Increased levels of spina bifida in children of veterans

Veterans' children's death rates above those expected based on Australian community standards

Cancer of adrenal gland in veterans' children to be further investigated

Cleft lip/palate in veterans' children significantly higher

Suicide rates three times more prevalent in veterans' children

Extra body parts not assessed due to no corresponding community data

Therefore, we Vietnam veterans, and women and children request urgent medical, hospital, pharmaceutical and financial aid be provided for Vietnam veterans' children suffering ill health due to their parents' service in South Vietnam.

by Mr Edwards (from 137 citizens).