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Political Donations

Medicines Australia’s Role

Medicines Australia represents the discovery-driven pharmaceutical industry in Australia. Our member companies supply medicines that are available to Australian patients through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, as well as providing a range of other medicines and vaccines to the Australian community.

Medicines Australia represents the Australian medicines industry and interacts with the Australian Parliamentary system by:

  • engaging with political stakeholders, government and government departments, the broader Australian medicines industry, consumer groups and health professionals to develop health and industry policy
  • building and maintaining relationships with government for fair reimbursement of medicines (through the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme) to ensure the continuation of a viable medicines industry

Medicines Australia Policy on Political Donations (revised May 2012)

  1. As an industry association, Medicines Australia will avail itself of legitimate and reasonable opportunities to engage with political and government stakeholders. We believe that, when conducted in an ethical, legal and transparent manner, public policy engagement is an important and appropriate role for companies in open societies.
  2. Medicines Australia will ensure that it is up-to-date and complies with the funding and disclosure requirements of the Commonwealth Electoral Act and the guidelines of the Australian Electoral Commission.
  3. Medicines Australia does not provide cash donations to political parties. However, we and our member companies actively engage in policy discussions with political parties including through attendance at conferences, policy workshops, round table discussions and other opportunities. Medicines Australia may pay a fee for the attendance of representatives at such events, which may include a political fund- raising component.
  4. Other principles Medicines Australia will abide with in respect to payments to political parties:
    • No gifts, money, items or services shall be offered or given directly to candidates
    • Medicines Australia will not make direct campaign funding donations (ie. a flat sum of money with no event or access opportunity attached) to either individuals or political parties.
    • From time to time, Medicines Australia may sponsor events which provide an opportunity to hear from or engage with political stakeholders.
    • Medicines Australia should be fully cognisant of the activities that any sponsorship or contribution is supporting and must critically examine these activities to ensure they will successfully withstand reasonable public, professional and community scrutiny.
    • Medicines Australia will seek access across the political spectrum in order to raise awareness of the medicines industry.
    • Medicines Australia access will generally be at the national level.
    • This is the policy of the Medicines Australia. It is not the policy of individual member companies.