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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26390


Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (6:13 PM) —I understand there is a consultation working group and that there are materials in relation to it on the web site of the Department of Health and Ageing. As Senator Nettle would know, the agreement makes reference to the medicines working group, that the parties agree to establish the group, and it sets out the objective, which is to `promote discussion and mutual understanding of the issues'. It says:

(c) The Working Group shall comprise officials of federal government agencies responsible for federal healthcare programs and other appropriate federal government officials.

I gather there is a process in place that is being led by the department of health on the Australian side to work out exactly how this will operate in practice.