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All medicines should be GST-Free: Senate Committee



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The Proprietary Medicines Association of Australia Inc. BETTER HEALTH THROUGH RESPONSIBLE SELF-MEDICATION

All M e d ic in e s S h o u ld b e G ST-Free: S e n a t e C om m itte e

Talking this evening about the just-released report of the Senate Community Affairs Committee, the Proprietary Medicines Association of Australia has welcomed the nonĀ­ g o v ern m en t parties’ finding that all medicines should be GST-free.

President of the PMA.A, Kevin Darke, said his Association has been consistent in urging this, including to the Senate Committee.

“We have always said that any medicine registered or listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods should be GST-free. The Government’s legislation, however, restricted this category to prescription medicines and a few others which can only be sold by pharmacists.”

“On grounds of equity and efficiency, there never was any point in drawing an arbitrary line between some medicines and others. All should be treated in the same way.”

“The Parliament already has, through the Therapeutic Goods Act, a clear benchmark saying what is a medicine and a Register on which these medicines appear. Why should the GST law invent a new and more restrictive definition?”

“PMAA urges the Government to reconsider the arguments in the Senate Committee’s report, and to amend its legislation accordingly.”

Further information: Juliet Seifert, Executive Director, PMAA (02) 9922 5111

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