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Thursday, 24 June 2010
Page: 4421


Senator LUDWIG (Special Minister of State and Cabinet Secretary) (6:29 PM) —I thank senators for their contributions to the second reading debate on this the Healthcare Identifiers Bill 2010. I also categorically rule out the bill being used as a national ID card—


Senator Mason —It is de facto.


Senator LUDWIG —I am happy to add ‘or a de facto national ID card’. I am advised that it is even specific within the legislation itself.


Senator Mason —But that does not stop it from being used de facto.


Senator LUDWIG —I have categorically ruled it out, as I am advised. I also table a replacement explanatory memorandum relating to these bills.

Question negatived.

Original question agreed to.

Bills read a second time.