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Friday, 30 April 1971

Senator MURPHY - Is the Minister for Health aware of a statement this week by Dr Paul Nestel, a professorial fellow in the Department of Clinical Science at the Australian National University, about the association between the. level of blood cholesterol and the statistical risk of coronary disease? Did Dr Nestel state that no scientist with . a real knowledge of nutrition would deny that the level of blood cholesterol could in the vast majority of people be readily raised by a diet rich in animal fats and lowered by a diet in which animal fats had been reduced or replaced by vegetable fats? Did fie comment that it was unfortunate, in 1971, after 2 decades of intensive study into the cause of coronary disease, that there could still be debate about what had been established scientifically? I ask the Minister whether in view of this statement, following upon statements to the same effect made by prominent specialists in this matter, the Department of Health will make clear its position and enable further pressure to be exerted to remove the quotas preventing people from having ready access to those foods which will assist them on health grounds?

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