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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 75

Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (6.35 p.m.) —I move:

1.Proposed subsection 8KA(1), omit ", or proposes to conduct".

Our amendment is designed to ensure that rather than having a standing delegation of the managing director's investigative powers, the delegation is restricted to investigations currently being carried out—in other words, currently being conducted by the Health Insurance Commission. If our amendment is accepted, the managing director will not be able to issue an authorisation for an investigation to be carried out at some time in the future, but the matter will have to be investigated there and then. We believe the matter should not be open-ended but should have this restriction placed upon it.