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Wednesday, 25 November 1959


Mr Whitlam m asked the Minister for Health, upon notice -

1.   Why has the Commonwealth not drafted a model State therapeutic substances act as (a) recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council on 19th November, 1952, and (b) proposed by the Minister's predecessor on 12th November, 1953?

2.   Which Slates have passed acts on the manufacture and intra-state distribution and use of therapeutic substances, pursuant to (a) the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council on 19th November, 1952, and 20th May, 1954; (b) the speech of the Minister's predecessor on 12th November, 1953; and (c) the Minister's reply to me on 27th August, 1958?


Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for Health) - The answer to the honorable member's questions is as follows - 1 and 2. All States have expressed their willingness to co-operate with the Commonwealth in providing any necessary legislation complementary to the Therapeutic Substances Act. To date, during the development and consolidation of the Commonwealth organization in this field, no necessity for immediate amendment of existing State law has been disclosed. As the need for supplementary State legislation is revealed, the scope and detail of any necessary amendments will be discussed with the States concerned. Discussions between Commonwealth and State officers subsequent to the National Health and Medical Research Council recommendation have shown that differences in existing law and in the division of departmental responsibility in the several States render inappropriate a draft uniform bill as originally contemplated.







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