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"A LIBEL ON AUSTRALIA." 1 SYDNEY, February 12. Mr. Carmichael, Minister of Education, is indignant at the cabled report of the Auckland Medical Congress in regard to feeble-minded children. He sa y S; —«< I don't remember ever reading a worse libel on Australia than, the statement that 4 per cent, of Aus-' tralian children are definitely feebleminded, and 12 per cent, so mentally dull that they require special training. I cannot speak for other States, but as far as New South Wales is concerned I am convinced the Congress had absolutely no datfo for making such - a sweeping condemnation." ; After quoting school statistics in disproof, Mr Carmichael added: "We are grappling in earnest with the difficult problems of providing education for mentally deficient children, but I do not think it is in the interests of Australia, or that it will do any good, to aggravate our deficiencies in this respect. Plenty of people are ready to cry 'stinking fish' in regard to our resources and industrial conditions, but in Heaven's ' name let them retrain themselves when, it comes to branding Australia as the land of the feebleminded." •'■

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DEFICIENT CHILDREN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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DEFICIENT CHILDREN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8793, 13 February 1914

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