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NATIONAL HEALTH AMENDMENT BILL 1985

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

Senator Baume moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add '', but the Senate notes that this measure- (a) breaks yet another Government election promise-that being to reduce the cost of pharmaceuticals to those suffering from chronic illnesses or disabilities; and

(b) in fact exacerbates the problems of the chronically ill and disabled''.

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

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

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The Deputy-President (Senator Hamer) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Haines) reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Grimes the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.