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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. M. J. R. MACKELLAR

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APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS OF TRIBUNAL TO DETERMINE

CHEMISTS' REMUNERATION

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar, announced

today the appointment of Mr R. Boyer and Mr H. G. Neil as additional

part-time members of the independent tribunal which determines

chemists' remuneration for the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits.

The term of the appointments is three years.

The appointment of the chairman of the tribunal, Mr K. C.

McKenzie, a Deputy President of the Australian Conciliation and

Arbitration Commission, was announced by Mr MacKellar in May.

Pending the appointment of the other two members, Mr McKenzie

conducted the first hearing of the tribunal independently.

Mr Boyer, who lives in Canberra, was, until recently,

Senior Commissioner with the Industries Assistance Commission and

special adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Mr Neil was a Commissioner with the Australian Conciliation

and Arbitration Commission for 14 years before his retirement in

1979. Previously, he was a member of the Australian Stevedoring

Industry Authority. He lives at Bentleigh, in Victoria.

Mr MacKellar said it was likely that the tribunal would next

hear public submissions in respect of chemists' remuneration for

the supply of Pharmaceutical Benefits late this month (September).

The tribunal replaced the. Statutory Joint Committee on

Pharmaceutical Benefits, which was made up of representatives of

the Pharmacy Guild and the Government, and was chaired by a Deputy

President of the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission.

When Mr MacKellar announced the setting up of the tribunal

last May, he said that its establishment would remove from the

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political arena the question of chemists' fees, provide a forum

in which the parties could publicly present, their case, and

ensure that the outcome was determined by an independent body.

The tribunal's decisions are binding on both Government

and chemists.

CANBERRA: 11 September 1981