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Thursday, 26 March 1987
Page: 1602

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled, we the undersigned citizens call upon all Members to pay due respect to pensioners and concessional card holders and cease the constant erosion of our entitlements by the Hawke Government.

The humble petition of the undersigned showeth:

That we strenuously object to the Government's decision to delete 45 commonly prescribed drugs (including analgesics, anti-histamines, cough mixtures and expectorants) from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme;

That we strenuously object to the Health Minister's assertion that the health problems for which these medications are prescribed (e.g. arthritis and allergic rhinitis) are `relatively minor, self-limiting illnesses'.

That we beg the House to reconsider these deletions from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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