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Thursday, 14 May 1970

Dr KLUGMAN (Prospect) - -1 should like to raise 2 points, one of which relates to section 101 of the principal Act. Under that section the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee is appointed to make recommendations to the Minister for Health. I should like the Minister to let us know whether he always acts on the reports of this Committee or whether, in fact, the question of cost is often the main question that concerns him. In other words, the Committee may well recommend that certain drugs should be made available as pharmaceutical benefits because, first, they are expensive and, secondly, they are essential for the treatment of certain conditions. But does the Minister take notice of that recommendation? I hope he will give us the courtesy of a reply. 1 know that he has not been able to reply to other questions that we have raised earlier during our discussions in the Committee stage. I notice that the honourable member for Bennelong (Sir John Cramer) has returned to the chamber. I ask the Minister how people are appointed to directorships of the Hospitals Contribution Fund of Australia. I remember that the honourable member for Bennelong was at some stage a director of that organisation.

Sir John Cramer - I did represent the Mater Hospital of North Sydney, which appointed me.

Dr KLUGMAN -I would appreciate it if at some later stage the honourable member would tell the Minister how people are elected or appointed.

Sir John Cramer - They are not nominated by Mr Turner, as has been suggested here.

Dr KLUGMAN - If Mr Turner does not nominate these people who does nominate them? Who nominated Huxley and in what capacity was he nominated to that Fund?

Dr Cass - I take it, Mr Chairman, that we are considering proposed new clauses 46b and 46c.

The CHAIRMAN (Mr Lucock - At present we are considering proposed new clause 46a which has been moved by the honourable member for Capricornia.

Dr Cass - If I have read the guillotine motion properly the debate on these particular clauses concludes at 4. IS p.m. So am I entitled to discuss the other proposed new clauses at this time?

Mr Buchanan - I rise on a point of order. Mr Chairman. Is it not time that you gave the call to this side of the chamber? I rose and wanted to speak to clause 46.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! In reply to the question asked by the honourable member for Maribyrnong, the position is that when the time set for discussion of these particular clauses expires those amendments that have not been moved cannot be moved.

Dr Cass - That is why I should like to move them in about half a minute. Then the honourable member for McMillan (Mr Buchanan) can speak.

The CHAIRMAN - Order! We are still discussing the amendment moved by the honourable member for Capricornia. I call the honourable member for McMillan.

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