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Senate motion on protecting public health and PBS from trade agreements

That the Senate-
a) notes the open letter to the Government, dated 9 December 2013, signed by 44 prominent academics and public health experts, which expresses alarm around the effects these potential changes could have on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and the integrity of Australian public health initiatives;
b) reiterates its call for the Government to make public the details of the final agreed text and Australia’s position regarding these controversial intellectual property provisions; and

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Government Investment Funds Amendment (Ethical Investments) Bill 2011

Senator DI NATALE

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to speak today on this bill. It is a bill that was crafted to ensure that public funds are invested ethically and not counter to the wishes of the Australian community, invested in a way that does not undermine Australian public policy. It is an idea whose time has come. It is not a controversial idea and it is why I have brought this bill to the parliament.

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Senator DI NATALE

I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 917 standing in my name for today relating to foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Leave granted.

Senator DI NATALE

I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is the leading preventable cause of non-genetic, developmental disorder in Australia,

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