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Thursday, 12 August 2004
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Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (6:05 PM) —Without the free trade agreement, the position would be as I have just said. You could argue that, if there was nothing in the free trade agreement, the position that existed beforehand that goods could be advertised through the Internet would still be possible. The free trade agreement recognises that situation but provides that, if there is going to be dissemination of information through the Internet, then it must include a balance of risks and benefits and encompass all indications for which the parties' competent regulatory authorities have approved the marketing of the pharmaceuticals. It must be truthful, not misleading and so forth. So, in some ways you could argue that, if you were unhappy with this communication through the Internet, under the free trade agreement there is an attempt to provide conditions on it that I think most people would support.