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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Page: 9239


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (15:57): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The coalition government has just announced record high bulk-billing rates, at 85.9 per cent, up from 82.2 per cent in 2012-13. We have compacts with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Medical Association to restore indexation, investing $1 billion from 1 July 2017. The coalition government is delivering record investment in Medicare, rising from $23 billion in 2017-18 to $28 billion in 2020-21, up from $19 billion in 2012-13 under Labor. Commonwealth funding for state and territory hospitals is also at record levels. In the regions, bulk-billing rates continue to grow, year on year. We have recently appointed Australia's first National Rural Health Commissioner and announced additional support for rural telehealth services.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that motion No. 609 standing in the name of Senator Watt be agreed to.

Senator Dodson did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Parry

Senator Farrell did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Nash

Senator Smith did not vote, to compensate for the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator Xenophon