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HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH

Ms J. I. Bishop, pursuant to notice, moved—That the House:

(1) welcomes the report entitled "Final report of the Health and Medical Research Strategic Review Committee: The virtuous cycle—Working together for health and medical research" and its recommendations for implementation;

(2) notes the important link between Australia[quot ]s health and medical research capability and the delivery of a cost-effective and equitable health care system;

(3) recognises the excellent work and the high level of commitment among those working in the medical research field;

(4) applauds the Federal Government[quot ]s specific commitment to increasing annual funding for health and medical research, through the National Health and Medical Research Council, by more than doubling funding of base research with an investment of a further $614m over the next six years; and

(5) urges the Federal Government to pursue reforms proposed in the final report.

Debate ensued.

At 1.45 p.m., the time allotted for the debate having expired, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 106A, Mr Murphy was granted leave to continue his speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting.