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Thursday, 20 April 1972
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Senator TURNBULL (TASMANIA) - I would like to continue my series of questions directed to the Minister for Health dealing with safety containers. Yesterday, in reply to my question, he said that the Commonwealth was continuing to examine this matter in the light of it being a very real problem. Today I ask him: Firstly, does not he think that 4 years is a long time for a continuing programme on a very serious problem? Secondly, does not the Department of Health employ a permanent head on a salary of $22,000 a year who should be able to think in 4 years of some solution to to this problem? If he cannot do so may I, without any charge to the Government provide the solution in the form of a question seeing that this is question time? Is there any reason why the problem cannot be solved tomorrow by the Minister for Health by altering the regulation under the National Health Act and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Act to make it compulsory for all tablets to be dispensed in safety containers?


I gave an answer to this question yesterday but now, the honourable senator has tended to move away from that question. What the honourable senator asked me yesterday was, in fact, based on something he read from a Department of Health journal. I would like to provide a considered reply to his question.

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