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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- (a) the long and unnecessary delay by the Government in implementing the changes to Medicare embodied in the Bill has caused intolerable pain and suffering; and

(b) the amendments fall short of the urgent and fundamental changes required to Medicare to restore a high standard balanced private and public health delivery system''.

Debate ensued.

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

The Senate divided

AYES, 35

Senators- Archer Baume Bjelke-Petersen Boswell Brownhill Collard Crichton-Browne Durack Evans, Jack Haines Hamer Harradine Hill Jessop Kilgariff Knowles Lajovic Lewis MacGibbon Macklin Mason Messner Missen Parer Rae, Peter Reid (Teller) Scott Sheil Teague Townley Vanstone Vigor Walters Watson Withers

NOES, 29

Senators- Aulich Black Bolkus Childs Coates Colston Cook Cooney Crowley Devlin Elstob Evans, Gareth Foreman Georges Giles Hearn McClelland McIntosh McKiernan Maguire Primmer Ray, Robert Reynolds Richardson Robertson (Teller) Ryan Sibraa Walsh Zakharov

And so it was resolved in the affirmative.

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 to 7, by leave, taken together and agreed to.

Clause 8 debated and agreed to.

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

Bill to be reported without amendment.

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

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

And it being 10.30 p.m.-