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Monday, 9 May 1994
Page: 448


Senator CROWLEY (Minister for Family Services) (5.23 p.m.) —I am not sure what point Senator Harradine wants to make. This section of the bill allows a number of things to be done; some of those are compliance checks, and it is quite important to know that failure to comply is an offence. Sometimes it is a matter of looking further than whether there is just a room or a piece of equipment and so on. The powers that I spelt out under this proposed legislation are, first of all, compliance and, secondly, a staged or stepped process that may indeed prevent the need to go further if compliance or non-compliance can be agreed to, sorted out or appreciated. This lesser stage will assist the government, the Health Insurance Commission and the taxpayer to make sure that the people conforming under this legislation—pathology, pharmaceutical and so on—are in fact doing what the legislation requires them to do.