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Wednesday, 10 May 1961

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - My question is addressed to the Minister for Health. It concerns the agreement which the Treasurer and he made on behalf of the Commonwealth early last year with the Pharmaceutical Service Guild of Australia on behalf of all the pharmacists registered under the National Health Act and which provided that, in March this year, a review would be made of the payments by the Commonwealth to pharmacists under that act. I ask the Minister: Has an increase yet been made in the payments to pharmacists, as has already been made in the payments to doctors? Did he or his officers confer with representatives of the pharmacists to-day? When will he be in a position to tell the Parliament how much any new arrangement will mean to the pharmacists and to the taxpayers?

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