Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard   

Previous Fragment    
Monday, 13 May 1985
Page: 1868
<ANSWER.TO.QWN>


Senator Grimes —On 19 March 1985 (Hansard, page 380) Senator Crowley asked me, as Minister representing the Minister for Health, a question without notice concerning the activities of commercial insurers in the health insurance field. The Minister for Health has provided the following information:

The honourable senator would be aware of the undertaking given to the electorate by the Prime Minister during the recent Federal election campaign on the retention of community rated health insurance. One of the proposals contained in the seven point package recently put by the Commonwealth and New South Wales Governments to the Australian Medical Association, which is aimed at settling the doctors' dispute in New South Wales, provides that all insurers who offer health insurance must do so under the conditions of the National Health Act. Insurers who are registered under the Act are required to comply with community rating.

Pending a satisfactory resolution of the doctors' dispute, necessary legislation to give effect to this proposal will be introduced in the near future.

</ANSWER.TO.QWN> <ANSWER.TO.QWN>


Senator Grimes —On 18 April 1985 (Hansard page 1206) Senator Sibraa asked me, as Minister representing the Minister for Health, a question without notice regarding the extent of drug taking in Queensland. The Minister for Health has provided the following information:

There is no evidence that drug taking is any more a problem in Queensland than in certain other States.

On the question of whether the Commonwealth has any plans for attacking drug taking specifically in Queensland, the Commonwealth has endorsed a National Campaign Against Drug Abuse in which all Governments will co-operate.

The Commonwealth will contribute to the campaign by the funding of national projects and by making additional funds available to the States. A proportion of these funds will be applied to new and expanded services within Queensland both in relation to educating the community towards a more responsible attitude to drugs and in treating and rehabilitating the casualties of drug abuse.

</ANSWER.TO.QWN>