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HEALTH—NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM—FUNDING

Senator Di Natale, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 1156—That the Senate—

 (a) condemns the reduction in National Health Reform funding to the states indicated in the Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook;

 (b) expresses its concern over whether the methodology used to justify these reductions, especially in regard to population growth estimates, was correct and applied in good faith;

 (c) calls on the Government to restore funding to the National Health Funding Pool to all states in 2013 and over the forward estimates;

 (d) is concerned that the direct payments to Victorian hospitals announced by the Government undermines the Government's own National Health Reform Agreement; and

 (e) condemns the long-term underinvestment by some state governments in their public hospitals.

Statement by leave: Senator Di Natale, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES,10


Senators—
Di NataleMadiganSiewert (Teller)Whish-Wilson
Hanson-YoungMilneWatersWright
LudlamRhiannon

NOES, 40


Senators—
BilykCrossinLudwigPratt
BirminghamEdwardsLundyRuston
BishopEvansMarshallSingh
BrandisFawcettMcEwenSmith
BrownFierravanti-WellsMcKenzieStephens
BushbyFifieldMcLucasSterle
CameronFurnerMooreThistlethwaite
CashGallacherParryThorp
ColbeckHoggPayneUrquhart
CollinsKroger (Teller)PolleyWilliams

Question negatived.

Statement by leave: Senator Fierravanti-Wells, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.