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Tuesday, 11 February 1997
Page: 470

Senator CALVERT(4.54 p.m.) —On behalf of Senator Knowles, I seek leave to make a statement relating to the report of the Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the provisions of Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) of 1996.

Leave granted.

Senator CALVERT —The Community Affairs Legislation Committee presented its report on the Health Insurance Amendment Bill (No. 2) of 1996 on 26 November 1996. In the report, the committee repeated a comment made in a supplementary submission by the Department of Health and Family Services, that the current limit of 400 places on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners training program was supported by the RACGP. The RACGP has written to the committee indicating that this statement is not correct, and seeking to dispel this widely-held misunderstanding relating to the limitation of the number of entrants to the RACGP training program each year. I therefore table a copy of the RACGP's correspondence for the information of honourable senators.