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Wednesday, 4 December 2002
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Senator HARRADINE (3:52 PM) —I also wish to raise the question of indemnity organisations in other states, particularly in my state of Tasmania, as has been mentioned by Senator Brown. This is the states house, and I believe we do have to ensure that there is justice done in this particular area—I just flag that particular point because of the time. I realise that we have only a very short time before the guillotine falls or, rather, before the arrangements that have been proposed by the Manager of Government Business in the Senate take place. I want to take every opportunity that is available to insist that senators and the Treasury take note of the grave concerns of medical practitioners and others in my state, including those to do with the issue of midwives throughout Australia.

Question agreed to.


Senator Nettle —I would like to have my no vote recorded.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.

Senator McGAURAN (Victoria) (3.55 p.m.)—I seek leave to have the 13th report of the Selection of Bills Committee incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The report read as follows

SELECTION OF BILLS COMMITTEE

REPORT NO. 13 OF 2002

1. The committee met on Tuesday, 19 November 2002 and Tuesday, 3 December 2002.

2. The committee resolved to recommend— That—

(a) the provisions of the following bills be referred immediately to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 10 December 2002 (see appendix 1 for statement of reasons for referral):

Medical Indemnity Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Enhanced UMP Indemnity) Contribution Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (IBNR Indemnity) Contribution Bill 2002; and

(b) the following bills not be referred to committees:

Aviation Legislation Amendment Bill 2002

Charter of United Nations Amendment Bill 2002

Commonwealth Volunteers Protection Bill 2002

National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits—Budget Measures) Bill 2002 [No. 2]

Taxation Laws Amendment (Venture Capital) Bill 2002

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (No. 7) 2002

Venture Capital Bill 2002

Workplace Relations Amendment (Secret Ballots for Protected Action) Bill 2002 [No. 2].

The committee recommends accordingly.

3. The committee deferred consideration of the following bills to the next meeting:

Bill deferred from meeting of 20 August 2002

Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Amendment (Employee Involvement and Compliance) Bill 2002.

Bill deferred from meeting of 22 October 2002

Corporations Amendment (Repayment of Directors' Bonuses) Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 12 November 2002

Plastic Bag Levy (Assessment and Collection) Bill 2002

Plastic Bag (Minimisation of Usage) Education Fund Bill 2002.

Bills deferred from meeting of 19 November 2002

Workplace Relations Amendment (Award Simplification) Bill 2002

Workplace Relations Amendment (Choice in Award Coverage) Bill 2002

Workplace Relations Amendment (Termination of Employment) Bill 2002.

Bill deferred from meeting of 3 December 2002

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Invasive Species) Bill 2002.

(Jeannie Ferris)

Chair

4 December 2002

Appendix 1

Proposal to refer a bill to a committee

Name of bill(s):

Medical Indemnity Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (Enhanced UMP Indemnity) Contribution Bill 2002

Medical Indemnity (IBNR Indemnity) Contribution Bill 2002

Reasons for referral/principal issues for consideration

· exclusion of midwives from arrangements for medical indemnity insurance;

· impact of IBNR levy on patient costs, in particular bulk billing

· expected length of time that the Commonwealth will underwrite premiums of certain specialists and pay costs of high cost claims;

· fairness of premium subsidies

· impact of high cost claims subsidy on compensation payouts

· implications for compensation of changes to regulatory regime

Possible submissions or evidence from:

AMA; Royal College of Midwives; Department of Health and Ageing; Doctors Reform Society; Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; Department of Finance; ACCC; Medical Protection Society of Tasmania.

Committee to which bill is referred:

Community Affairs Legislation Committee

Possible hearing date: Friday, 6 December 2002/Monday, 9 December 2002

Possible reporting date(s): Wednesday, 11 December 2002

(signed)

Senator Kerry Nettle

Whip/Selection of Bills Committee Member