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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary


Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon, today announced that the Government was committed to reconvening and revitalizing the Pharmaceuticals Industry Working Group (PIWG).

Speaking at the Medicines Australia annual conference Senator Carr said:

"The Working Group is co-chaired by Minister Roxon and myself, and we believe industry engagement is essential in the development of forward-looking policy.

"The Rudd Government wants the PIWG to become the premier forum of pharmaceuticals industry policy advice that regularly discusses strategic issues and develops solutions to the challenges of tomorrow."

Minister Roxon said:

"The PIWG provides an important mechanism for industry to work with Government to identify important issues and challenges and how they may be addressed. Minister Carr and I are working with industry to reconvene the PIWG as quickly as possible."

Senator Carr said:

"We need to use Australia's strengths to gain international attention and investment in R&D and niche manufacturing.

"It is essential that the industry bring its views and ideas to the table. Industry and government must work in partnership to guarantee the ongoing viability of the pharmaceuticals sector in Australia. That's why it is critical that the industry participate in the Review of the National Innovation System and that we revitalize the PIWG."

The Australian pharmaceuticals industry is Australia's second largest manufactured exporter, with exports of almost $4 billion a year. The industry employs 34,000 people, spends $752 million a year on R&D and has a turnover of over $18 billion.

Media contact: Catriona Jackson Minister Carr's Office 0417 142238 Sean Kelly Minister Roxon's Office 0417 108 362

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

08 Apr 2008

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