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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 2101

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament Assembled. The humble petition of certain citizens of Australia, employed by Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Ltd, situated in the Electorate of Reid in the State of New South Wales, respectfully showeth concern that the failure to recognise the importance of brand-name products of research-based companies in the provision of pharmaceuticals in Australia threatens future consumer availability of modern, effective and safe pharmaceuticals. We are aware that:

Most innovations in the pharmaceutical products have been originated by the research-based brand-name industry;

The industry is providing numerous opportunities for employment and advancement of Australians;

The industry is stimulating employment in research;

The industry is supporting the production of its products with a wealth of thorough, reliable and well-documented information for the benefit of consumers and health professionals.

Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the Commonwealth Government adopt policies which encourage the growth of a research-based pharmaceutical manufacturing industry in Australia so as to ensure that:

Australians have continued access to modern, effective and safe pharmaceuticals ; and

Existing jobs are protected and products are developed for future increases in employment in manufacturing, research and product information services.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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