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HEALTH LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO. 2) 1982

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

Debate resumed.

Senator Grimes moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion add '', but the Senate is of the opinion that: (a) the provisions disallowing the cost-efficient Victorian out-patient levy should be excised from the Bill;

(b) a simpler pharmaceutical benefits scheme should be constructed which does not discriminate between groups in similar income situations; and

(c) any further increase in the general contribution rate for pharmaceutical benefits is unwarranted, given the significant increase in the last Budget and the fact that over the past seven years the increase in the general contribution rate has run far in advance of inflation''.

Debate ensued.

Documents tabled: Senator Bonner, pursuant to Standing Order 364, moved-That the documents quoted from by Senator Haines be laid upon the Table.

Question-put and passed.

Senator Haines thereupon laid upon the Table the following Papers: Health Legislation-Background papers and speech notes relating to the Health Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 1982.

Debate continued.

Senator Grimes, by leave, amended paragraph (a) of his amendment to read as follows: (a) the provisions disallowing the Victorian out-patient levy should be taken out of the Bill and considered separately.

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

The Senate divided-

AYES, 26

Senators- Bolkus Childs Chipp Coates Colston Elstob Evans Foreman Gietzelt Giles Grimes Haines Harradine Hearn Jones Keeffe McClelland McIntosh Macklin Mason Primmer Ray, Robert Siddons Tate Walsh Teller: Senator Sibraa

NOES, 24

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Bonner Carrick, Sir John Chaney Crichton-Browne Guilfoyle, Dame Margaret Hill Kilgariff Lajovic Lewis Martin Martyr Messner Missen Reid Scott Thomas Townley Walters Watson Young Teller: Senator Collard

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

Main Question, as amended-put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

Proposed suspension of Standing Orders: Senator Grimes moved-That so much of the Standing Orders be suspended as would prevent Senator Grimes moving-That it be an Instruction to the Committee of the Whole that the Committee divide the Bill so as to incorporate in a separate Bill clause 23 and Part IV of the Bill, relating to the taxation of registered organizations.

Debate ensued.

Question-put and negatived.

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

In the Committee

Clauses 1 to 22, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 23 debated-

And it being eleven p.m.: The Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator McIntosh ), under Sessional Order, put the Question-That he do leave the Chair and report to the Senate.

Question-resolved in the affirmative.

The President resumed the Chair; and Senator McIntosh reported accordingly.