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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
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Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - Can the Minister for Health inform the Parliament of the names and qualifications of the current members of the Australian Drug Evaluation Commitee? Can he also advise by whom the members are appointed, the length of time that each member serves on the Committee and how often this Committee meets?


May I interpose a lighter point for a moment in relation to a question that was asked earlier of the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science concerning the problems of spelling. If one wished to be faced with problems about spelling one might become the Minister for Health, who is faced with many hundreds of different biological and chemical terms. 1 am sure that these are a horror to those who must type them.

Now I come to the serious question that Senator Keeffe has posed. Yes, I will be happy to provide the honourable senator wilh the information that he seeks. As a matter of fact for some weeks I carried among my papers a list of the names of the members of the Australian Drug Evaluation Committee. I think I have taken that list out of my papers. I will certainly put that list down tomorrow together with all the relevant information that I can give in answer to the honourable senator's question. I can say in the generality that the members of this Committee are eminent people in their professions. Sir William Morrow is the Chairman of that Committee, which includes great physicians and members of the medical profession together with representatives of the pharmaceutical field. I will be happy to put the information down tomorrow.

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