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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6902


Senator PATTERSON (Minister for Health and Ageing) (10:06 PM) —I am not going to speculate about individuals. I have indicated that the legislation already includes a number of safeguards to ensure that appropriate people are appointed to the NHMRC Licensing Committee and that there are measures to ensure that they declare any conflict of interest. I believe that they are adequately covered, although, as I said, I am prepared to support Senator Hogg's amendment.