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Damning audit report necessitates inquiry into flawed pharmacy agreement

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Richard Di Natale 6 Mar 2015

Australian Greens health spokesperson, Dr Richard Di Natale, said today that the damning audit report into the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement demonstrates the need for a new process of negotiation.

“The audit report reveals a devastatingly flawed agreement that fails by any standard of good governance,” said Senator Di Natale.

“It’s absolutely scandalous to think that an agreement worth more than $15 billion could be negotiated with seemingly no transparency, accountability or appropriate process. Abandoning these principles of good governance opens the government open to both real and perceived corruption.

“We cannot allow the next five-year agreement to be determined by the same process of closed door negotiations between the Department of Health and the Pharmacy Guild. Neither the parliament or the community have any reason to place our trust in that process given the findings of the audit.

“It’s clear that we need a more robust and transparent process with greater input from other stakeholders. If the Abbott Government has any commitment to good government it must act swiftly to establish a public inquiry into the previous negotiation and then develop a new approach.”

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