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Monday, 29 October 2012
Page: 8199


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations) (15:34): I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the Dental Benefits Amendment Bill 2012, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

I also table a statement of reasons justifying the need for this bill to be considered during these sittings and seek leave to have the statement incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The statement read as follows—

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR INTRODUCTION AND PASSAGE IN THE 2012 SPRING SITTINGS

DENTAL BENEFITS AMENDMENT BILL

Purpose of the Bill

The purpose of the bill is to amend the Dental Benefits Act 2008 to cease the Medicare Teen Dental Plan and replace it with an expanded Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS).

Reasons for Urgency

As parts of its agreement with the Australian Greens on dental reform, the Government has committed to pass legislation to create the CDBS by the end of 2012.