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HEALTH LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL 1983

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Grimes)-That this Bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: Leave out all words after ''That'', insert ''the Senate declines to give the Bill a second reading as it is of the opinion that the Australian system of health care delivery and financing should be based on-

(a) the private professional practice of doctors and other health professionals charging a fee for service supported by a private sector insurance system, and sympathetic government assistance to the aged and the disadvantaged; and

(b) public and private provision of hospital and other institutional facilities and community health care, accessible to private practitioners for the treatment of their patients, supported by a private sector insurance system, and sympathetic government assistance to the aged and the disadvantaged''.

Second reading amendment to Medicare Levy Bill 1983 withdrawn: Senator Baume, by leave, withdrew the amendment, standing in his name, to the motion that the Medicare Levy Bill 1983 be now read a second time.

Debate continued.

Pursuant to Sessional Order, consideration of Government Business was interrupted.