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Monday, 15 February 1999
Page: 1801

To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia draws the attention of the Senate to the need to encourage participation in private health insurance both to allow individuals freedom of choice and to maintain a viable health system.

Your petitioners note with satisfaction the Government's proposal to provide a 30 per cent rebate on all private health insurance premiums, without means test, from 1 January 1999. This is necessary to allow those persons who are prepared to take responsibility for their own health care to be able to afford to do so.

We believe that private health care is an essential part of our health care system.

Your petitioners therefore ask the Senate to ensure that the legislation providing this rebate is passed without delay.

by Senator Reid(from 20 citizens)
by Senator Troeth(from 40 citizens)