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Wednesday, 19 May 1993
Page: 798


Senator HERRON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the following matter be referred to the Standing Committee on Community Affairs, for inquiry and report by 27 May 1993:

  The manner in which Commonwealth Pharmaceutical Restructuring Measures are being implemented in the Anna Bay area of New South Wales.

I seek leave to make a very short statement of explanation.

  Leave granted.


Senator HERRON —I am giving this notice of motion because on 21 April 1993 the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs agreed to make a preliminary examination of the matter. A letter to this effect was sent to the Pharmacy Restructuring Authority on 28 April 1993. It appears that the Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services may have reservations about accepting that the committee has jurisdiction on this matter. Recommendation 11 of the committee's report entitled Implementation of commonwealth pharmaceutical restructuring measures, which was agreed to by the Senate on 7 May 1992, stated:

. . . that any case not resolved by the time the report is tabled be considered still referred to the Committee . . .

We believe the committee has jurisdiction but in order to expedite matters and to obtain the necessary documents as soon as possible, I am seeking formally to refer the matter to the committee.