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Wednesday, 21 June 2000
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To the Honourable the President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled:

The Petition of the undersigned shows:

We strongly support Medicare, our universal public health system. Medicare is an efficient, effective and fair system. Under Medicare, access to care is based on health needs rather than ability to pay.

Access to quality health care for all Australians is a basic human right.

Your Petitioners request that the Senate should:

Do all within its power to ensure the continued viability and strengthening of Medicare by supporting a substantial funding increase for the public health system. Further to this, we strongly urge you to continue to support adequate funding for public health and oppose all government policy initiatives that would undermine the integrity and ongoing viability of Medicare.

by Senator Crowley (from 2,397 citizens).