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 12 DENTAL HEALTH

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

(1) notes that people from poorer socio-economic backgrounds commonly experience barriers to accessing dental health care;

(2) recognises the adverse impact of the abolition of the Commonwealth Dental Health Program on people who cannot afford private dental care;

(3) recognises that poor dental health has implications for other medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, respiratory disease and cancer; and

(4) recognises that dental health is a matter that warrants the intervention of the Federal Government.

Debate ensued.

The time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.