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Thursday, 9 December 2004
Page: 48

Senator MURRAY (12:38 PM) —The Democrats supported Labor's amendments yesterday because we thought they did deliver a little more certainty to a situation where people were, as we described it, often anxious. We were most interested, of course, in their first amendment, which we thought was particularly helpful. However, this bill is an important one. It does retrospectively deliver benefits worth many millions to people who have paid GST for these services and we think its intention is consistent with the original intentions of the government and the Democrats when they agreed the GST package—namely, to ensure that health services are GST free. This very much falls within that. So we certainly will not be insisting on these amendments. We support the bill fully.

The CHAIRMAN —The question is that the committee does not insist on the amendments disagreed to by the House of Representatives.

Question agreed to.

Resolution reported; report adopted.