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HEALTH—THERAPEUTIC GROUPS—ORDER FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

Senator Fierravanti-Wells amended general business notice of motion no. 768 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the Senate—

 (a) recalls its action in disallowing three therapeutic groups established by determination of the delegate of the Minister for Health and Ageing in January 2010, with the objective of ensuring a full Senate inquiry currently being conducted by the Community Affairs References Committee was complete and had reported to the Senate prior to these measures being implemented; and

 (b) orders that there be laid on the table by noon on Wednesday, 12 May 2010, any documents, records, advice or other information received, compiled, requested or commissioned by the Minister for Health and Ageing, the Department of Health and Ageing and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and its subcommittees relating to the determination and establishment of new therapeutic groups under the National Health Act 1953 since 1 July 2007, including issues pertaining to interchangeability of medicines and products with such groups.

Question put and passed.

Statement by leave: Senator McEwen, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.