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Tuesday, 2 December 2003
Page: 23431


Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Health and Ageing) (3:04 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to add to an answer.


The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.


Mr ABBOTT —Earlier today I was asked a question by the member for Lalor. I point out to the member for Lalor that I have been advised by my department that the document displayed by the member for Lalor—



The SPEAKER —Order! The member for O'Connor is indicating that he, and I presume others on the horseshoe, is unable to hear the Minister for Health and Ageing. Could I ask the sound people to recognise that the minister has the call.


Mr ABBOTT —In response to a question today by the member for Lalor I have been advised by my department that the document displayed by the member for Lalor is the application form for the existing MBS safety net. To suggest that the form in question was for the new MedicarePlus safety net, quite frankly, verges on the dishonest—


The SPEAKER —The minister has made his point.


Mr ABBOTT —and that is a very bad start from the new Leader of the Opposition.