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Monday, 21 April 1980
Page: 1587

Senator MELZER (VICTORIA) - My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Minister for Health. The Government has shown that it has concern over the effect the chemicals contained in agent orange may have had on Vietnam veterans. Taking into account the evidence that has caused this concern, will the Government widen the Vietnam veterans inquiry to cover Australian civilians who may have worked in Vietnam and been affected by these materials? Will the Government instruct the National Health and Medical Research Council to conduct an urgent and open inquiry into the effects these chemicals may be having on the civilian population of Australia?

Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle (VICTORIA) - I will need to refer the matters raised by Senator Melzer to the Minister for Health. I will see that she is given early advice about these matters.

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