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Wednesday, 17 October 1984
Page: 1824

Debate resumed from 16 October, on motion by Senator Ryan:

That the Bills be now read a second time.

upon which Senator Peter Baume had moved by way of amendment:

At end of motion, add ', but, in relation to the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 1984, the Senate-

(a) is of the opinion that the Bill does not deal adequately with the serious problems faced by the long term sick and elderly caused by the Medicare 35 day rule; and

(b) calls on the Government to withdraw the 35 day rule until proper arrangements have been made to care for patients affected by the rule'.