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NATIONAL HEALTH AMENDMENT BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Haines moved an amendment, viz.: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate is of the opinion that the Government should give urgent consideration to alleviating the burden on those unemployed and generally socially disadvantaged people who are not at present entitled to exemption or relief from the cost of pharmaceuticals''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be added be added--put and passed.

Main Question, as amended--put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Clauses 1 and 2, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 3 debated.

Question--That the clause stand as printed--put.

The Committee divided--

AYES, 33

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Macklin Baume Martin Bjelke-Petersen Martyr Bonner Mason Carrick Messner Chaney Missen Chipp Rae, Peter Collard Scott Crichton-Browne Siddons Durack Teague Guilfoyle, Thomas Dame Margaret Walters Haines Watson Hamer Withers Hill Young Lajovic Lewis Teller: MacGibbon Kilgariff

NOES, 24

Senator-- Senator-- Bolkus McClelland Childs McIntosh Coates McLaren Coleman Mulvihill Colston Primmer Elstob Ray, Robert Evans Robertson Georges Ryan Gietzelt Tate Giles Walsh Grimes Hearn Teller: Keeffe Sibraa

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Remainder of Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator McClelland) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (Senator Baume) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.