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Thursday, 14 October 1971
Page: 2352

Mr BEAZLEY - I ask the Minister for External Territories: Is it a fact that the World Health Organisation has identified Port Moresby as one of 4 places in the Pacific having a serious health problem, in particular a rising incidence of tuberculosis? If this is so, what is the response of the Territory Administration to this situation?

Mr BARNES (MCPHERSON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for External Territories) - Health matters in Papua New Guinea are now a local responsibility. I am aware of certain factors in the Territory. When from time to time these factors reach a serious stage and we or the Territory believe that it is unable to cope with the situation, we usually get assistance from the World Health Organisation. I personally am not aware of what is being done but 1 will endeavour to find out from the Ministerial Member for Health and advise the honourable member.

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