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Tuesday, 3 May 1994
Page: 77


Senator LEES (Deputy Leader of the Australian Democrats) (6.40 p.m.) —We will not be supporting this amendment. Basically, it takes out those powers altogether. We believe that our foreshadowed amendment, which puts in the 60 days, is a reasonable compromise. It is one that was accepted by the AMA. We believe that it is far too narrow to simply take out `has been or', because that means that, if something was basically done yesterday, it could no longer be investigated. We need to have a reasonable period of time, but not unlimited, which is what the government amendment is at the moment. In other words, one cannot go back years. Presumably, the Health Insurance Commission will be able to comply easily with the 60 days.