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HEALTH—PHARMACEUTICAL BENEFITS SCHEME—IMPACT OF TREATIES

Senator Di Natale, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 89—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the open letter to the Government, dated 9 December 2013, signed by 44 prominent academics and public health experts, which expresses alarm around the effects these potential changes could have on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the integrity of Australian public health initiatives;

 (b) reiterates its call for the Government to make public the details of the final agreed text and Australia's position regarding these controversial intellectual property provisions; and

 (c) reaffirms its opposition to any measures, such as Investor-State Dispute provisions or strengthening of the patent system, whether in this treaty or otherwise, which limit Australia's ability to implement domestic public health policy and safeguard the efficient operation of our system of medicines.

Question put and passed.