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Wednesday, 10 March 2004
Page: 21295


Senator NETTLE (6:25 PM) —To clarify, the assumption is that there will be no increase in bulk-billing. Does that mean that the minister and the government think it is appropriate that some parts of Australia currently have bulk-billing rates as low as 30 per cent and that we are currently at the lowest average rate of bulk-billing that we have seen in approximately 10 years? Is that a situation that the government is comfortable with at the moment?