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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 526

Senator DAVIDSON (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Has the Acting Minister for Health seen a report of a speech made yesterday in the New South Wales Parliament claiming that most breakfast foods have no nutritional value whatsoever and that the manufacturers were engaged in what was described as artificial advertising? I ask the Minister, firstly, whether there is any truth in the nutritional reference. If so, will he take the matter up with the manufacturers? Will he also look into the claims made that artificial advertising has been employed? Finally, will the Minister confirm to the Senate that the breakfast food known as oatmeal porridge, on which you, Mr Acting President, and I have been reared, is full of nutritional value and requires no advertising whatsoever?

Senator GREENWOOD - I do not like porridge. I am not prepared or able to say whether it has nutritional value. I understand that a reference was made to this matter in the Parliament of New South Wales yesterday. I have not seen the details of it, but I understand the reference to be along the general lines that Senator Davidson has mentioned. I understand that, in the opinion of officers of the Department of Health, it would not be correct to say that most breakfast foods have no nutritional value whatever. The advertising aspect is entirely within the province of the State governments.

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