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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - My question, which is addressed to the Prime Minister, relates to the appointment recently by the Government of what is known as the National Radiation Advisory Committee, of which Sir Macfarlane Burnet is the chairman, and on which there is quite a number of very distinguished Australian scientists. I understand that no one has been appointed to the committee who has a first-hand knowledge of genetics, and, in particular, no one who has worked in the field of radiation genetics. I am also informed that no member of the committee has first-hand knowledge in the field of radiation biology, with the exception of Dr. Holman, who is experienced in the very restricted field of radio-therapy. In view of the importance of these facets of the science of radiation, will the Prime Minister endeavour to arrange for the appointment to the committee of some person having knowledge of these branches of the science?

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