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Monday, 16 June 2003
Page: 16442

Debate resumed from 5 June, on motion by Ms Worth:

That this bill be now read a second time.

upon which Mr Stephen Smith moved by way of amendment:

That all words after “That” be omitted with a view to substituting the following words:

“the House rejects this Bill and the Government's so-called “A Fairer Medicare” package for the following reasons:

(1) it will create a two tiered user-pays health system under which Australian families will pay more for a visit to the doctor;

(2) it will lead in time to Medicare becoming a second-class safety net in which bulk-billing is only available for pensioners and concession card holders;

(3) it will make it easier for those doctors who currently bulk-bill Australian families to start charging them co-payments for the first time, and those doctors who are currently private billing to increase their fees;

and commends Labor's plan to save Medicare and restore bulk-billing for Australians families”.