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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator MURPHY - In addressing my question to the Minister for Health I refer to the gentleman mentioned a little while ago by Senator Webster. Is the Minister aware that Professor Blacket is one of the most eminent and respected heart specialists in this country and that he has an international reputation? Is the Minister prepared to make a statement now, or will he make a statement at some early time, in line with what I asked him on 30th March, that is, a statement indicating the nature of heart disease as a public health problem in Australia, the number of persons affected by it and likely to die from it, and the economic consequences to Australia of heart disease? Will the Minister make a statement in this place indicating the attitude of the National Health and Medical Research Council, and of his own Commonwealth Department of Health, on whether poly-unsaturated margarine should be freely available to those who wish to have it as an alternative to butter on the ground of health?

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