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Thursday, 25 March 1999
Page: 3259

Senator TAMBLING (12:04 PM) —The point is well taken. I can sympathise and identify with the very issue that Senator Lees has raised. My mother is 90 years of age this year and has recently gone through a number of tortuous situations with broken bones where she has had to be evacuated from the nursing home for what are often minor issues and procedures. I would have thought they would have been more appropriately conducted in the nursing home in which she currently lives. I can certainly see the circumstances and the issues and, as I said, we will be responsive to the issue. It certainly needs to be addressed, and it is one that we should be discussing in further detail with the medical fraternity.

We do understand and empathise with Senator Harradine's concern that older people and people with chronic illnesses are able to obtain access to health insurance. Whilst we do not believe the amendments proposed by Senator Harradine and the opposition are strictly necessary, we are prepared to support them.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN —The question now is that schedule 2, item 9 stand as printed.

Question resolved in the negative.