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Thursday, 27 April 1972
Page: 2187

Mr Collard (KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister repre senting the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(1)   When was the most recent X-ray survey carried out in the Northern Territory for the purpose of detecting the incidence of active tuberculosis.

(2)   How many persons . were X-rayed in that survey.

(3)   Did the survey cover the whole of the Territory and include full-blood Aborigines.

(4)   How many (a) adults and (b) minors were found to be suffering from the complaint.

(5)   When is the next survey proposed.

Dr Forbes - The Minister for Health has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: (1), (2) and(3) In accordance with my Department's programme for detection of tuberculosis in the Northern Territory, 25,864 persons (including full-blood Aboriginals) in various Northern Territory centres were X-rayed during 1970.

(4)   Sixteen active or possibly active cases of tuberculosis in adults were detected. No cases were detected in minors.

(5)   The next series of X-rays of the Northern Territory population will commence this month (April 1972).

Unemployment Benefit (Question No. 5443)

Mr Kennedy asked the Minister for

Social Services, upon notice:

How many applications for unemployment benefit were made to his department in Victoria during February 1972 and how many

(a)   were rejected

(b)   were approved, and

(c)   are still being processed.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Some 12,000 claims were received but only 5,776 applicants lodged the prescribed income statement which is also a pre-requisite to payment of benefit. Of the 5,776 effective claims, 4454 were rejected, 1285 were approved and 38 are still outstanding awaiting a response from the applicants to a request for further information.

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