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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26388


Senator NETTLE (5:57 PM) —I will continue questioning about the delay of generics. I was asking about the consultation the Department of Health and Ageing had with the negotiators and community groups in early March. My understanding from the community groups who were there—and indeed one of them talks about this in its submission to the select committee—is that representatives of the Department of Health and Ageing conceded that, as a result of the free trade agreement, delays in the introduction of generic pharmaceuticals can be expected. I understand that a transcript of the meeting was requested at the time and the individuals were originally told no. Subsequently, they were told they would be able to get one. To date, I understand it has not been supplied and I am wondering whether a transcript of that meeting is available and can be supplied to the chamber.