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Tuesday, 22 June 2004
Page: 31054


Ms GILLARD (3:22 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek leave under standing order 64 to make a personal explanation.


The SPEAKER —Does the member for Lalor claim to have been misrepresented?


Ms GILLARD —Yes, I do.


The SPEAKER —The member for Lalor may proceed.


Ms GILLARD —In question time today the Minister for Health and Ageing repeated the untrue comments he made in question time yesterday and in a speech at CEDA last Friday. Specifically, the minister asserted that I believed in introducing a UK national health service, creating a new bureaucracy to hold all health funds and abolishing Medicare. Each of these allegations is completely untrue, and the minister for health knows this. The minister for health challenged me for an explanation of pooled funding. An example of pooled funds is what the Commonwealth does with the states under Australian health care agreements. If the minister has a secret plan to withdraw all Commonwealth funding from hospitals, he should disclose it to the Australian people before the election.