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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26387

Senator NETTLE (5:55 PM) —I am sorry, Minister, I did not make it clear. I had moved on to another area in which the government has negotiated to undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme—that is, patents and the delaying of generics coming onboard because of evergreening processes. I have moved off the review section and am back on evergreening, which is the subject of the amendments we are dealing with now. I want to check the minister's previous answer about representatives from the Department of Health and Ageing and the trade negotiators' meeting with community groups. Are we talking about a meeting that happened in early March of 2004, which I understand were consultations by the Department of Health and Ageing with a raft of community groups? Is that the same meeting we are talking about?