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Tuesday, 22 November 1960

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

1.   Did he tell me on 30th August, in answer to a question which I placed on the notice-paper on 17th August, that the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee had last met on 18th March last?

2.   Did he tell me on 5th October, in answer to a question without notice, that the committee commenced to meet in March but had held a number of meetings since?

3.   On what dates has the committee in fact met since 18th March last?

Dr Donald Cameron (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Yes. 2 and 3. At the March meeting the committee decided to make extensive investigations regarding the matters before them and for this purpose informal communication took place between the members who reside in different States. Some members of the committee did meet from time to time, but there was no further formal meeting of the full committee until 4th November.

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