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 5 CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

Ms Hoare, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) notes that cancer of the cervix is the eighth most common cancer amongst females;

(2) notes with satisfaction that as a result of the National Cervical Screening Program its incidence and mortality have been falling for many years;

(3) encourages all Australian women to undertake regular screening for cervical cancer;

(4) notes that although the Pap smear has been an effective screening test there is room for improvement;

(5) understands that many Australian women are choosing the more accurate but costly ThinPrep Pap test for screening; and

(6) urges the Minister to allow free access to the more reliable ThinPrep Pap test for all Australian women.

Debate ensued.

At 1.45 p.m., the time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 106A, Mrs Hull was granted leave to continue her speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting.