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Monday, 7 November 2011
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Senator WONG (South AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deregulation) (20:30): In relation to health, I will put this on the record and, if I am wrong, I am sure the very capable advisers will tell me. I am not sure that there is any further disaggregation than the CPI subgroup to which I referred. The health services CPI subgroup includes hospital and medical services, optical services and dental services, and the price impact was the 0.3 per cent average price impact per week of 10c. Obviously that is a consumer impact, so that is not an institutional impact. I have information in the CPI subgroup of pharmaceuticals. I will seek advice as to whether there is any disaggregation that is available as between those domestically and internationally produced and manufactured. The CPI subgroup for pharmaceuticals is also 0.3 per cent and the average price impact is here as less than 10c a week.