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Thursday, 5 April 2001
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Ms MACKLIN (2:07 PM) —My question is addressed again to the Minister for Health and Aged Care. I was not present at the dinner last year. On the morning following the dinner, are you aware that Virax made inquiries of the chair of the management committee of the AIDS vaccine consortium to ask what the minister had said the previous night? Can you confirm that your office received email inquiries about what was said? What answers did you or your office give?

Dr WOOLDRIDGE (Minister for Health and Aged Care) —No, I am not aware because I had never heard the name Virax until 28 March when the NIH made the announcement. I had no connection with Virax before or since. It is not a company that I am aware of. Personally, I certainly did not get any email traffic.