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Thursday, 12 August 2004
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Senator HILL (Minister for Defence) (5:53 PM) —I am told that within the Senate inquiry there was a roundtable with all the specialists, and the government advisers put their arguments as to why they believed that modelling was invalid. The problem with the process that you have adopted is that you do not get to speak directly to the specialists. That is why we have parliamentary inquiries. As somebody who is on a rapid learning curve on this subject matter, I cannot see that this review opportunity for a non-listed product could be in any way relevant to the pace of getting generics onto the list. If it is relevant in any way, I would have thought that it would be beneficial. I am not going to go through all the statistics again, but we are already seeing rapid growth of generics onto the list. We believe that is a good thing and something that should be supported. We certainly were not prepared to negotiate an outcome where that would be in any way threatened.