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Ministerial Statement and Paper

Consideration resumed from 11 December 1990, on motion by Mr Kaine:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Debate resumed from 13 December 1990, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR BERRY (4.03): The Poisons and Drugs (Amendment) Bill revises schedules 1 to 7, inclusive, of the Act to reflect the recommendations of the National Health and Medical Research Council on uniform scheduling of drugs. The Labor Party has consulted with relevant constituents in relation to the matter and we will be supporting the Bill.

MR MOORE (4.04): I also would like to indicate my support for the Poisons and Drugs (Amendment) Bill. It makes particularly good reading for people who are interested in the pronunciation of some of the most difficult words. I remember some mirth in this house when it was introduced. The names of some of the substances that we are talking about were pronounced by Mr Humphries and he did an absolutely valiant job under the most difficult of circumstances. Those of us who do not have a background in biochemistry or medicine always find it difficult to deal with these. I found it particularly difficult.

It is quite clear, Mr Deputy Speaker, that we rely heavily on the NHMRC in setting standards across Australia and in matching our standards, and it is quite important that we can continue to do so. I think it is also important to note that the various drugs mentioned in the schedules are an important part of the family medicine chest, and so forth. Those of us who get used to the idea of drugs being recorded as S1, S2 and S3 have an interest in ensuring that we are particularly careful in the way we deal with them.

There is one issue that I would like to raise as part of this debate. It relates to the labelling of drugs that are commonly available in the home, drugs that find their way into medicine chests, whether through prescriptions as appropriate or by purchase from the pharmacist or veterinary surgeon. We ought to have some assistance in being made aware of just what the S1, S2, S3 categories

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