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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1708

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - Is the Minister representing the Minister for Health aware that for 1 974 the National Health and Medical Research Council has not renewed an annual grant of $13,000 to enable a medical research team to proceed with investigations of Huntington's chorea and that the leader, Dr Colin Brakenridge, has announced the impossibility of proceeding with his team? As this mental disease is hereditary and usually does not reveal itself until middle age it creates great personal tragedies in the lives of people who live in doubt but who may never be affected. Will the Minister give consideration to a direct government grant of a paltry $13,000 as it is more likely to ensure national sanity than the expenditure of $ 1.25m on the painting, 'Blue Poles'?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) - I am not aware of the details to which Senator Little referred in his question. All that I can do is undertake to refer the seeking of the additional grant to my colleague the Minister for Health. The purchase of 'Blue Poles' is, of course, not within his jurisdiction.

Senator Little - Will I place my question on notice?

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES)

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