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 8 PHARMACY DEREGULATION

Mr Neville, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1) commends the role of pharmacy as an integral sector of the Australian health system;

(2) recognises the high professional standing of Australian pharmacists as the primary and responsible purveyors of dispensed and restricted medicinal and health aids;

(3) calls on all governments to uphold the independent status of pharmacists and their professional advice to health consumers;

(4) questions whether further deregulation of pharmacy is in the community interest; and

(5) reiterates its view that pharmacy ownership should reside with duly trained and qualified pharmacists.

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, Ms Burke was granted leave to continue her speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate was made an order of the day for the next sitting.