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Notice given 6 March 2003

389  Senator Evans: To move—That the Senate—

(a) condemns the Prime Minister’s re-writing of history, that bulk billing was never intended to be available to all Australians irrespective of their income;

(b) condemns the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) for seeking to make Medicare a second-class safety net for the poor rather than a guarantee of quality health care for all Australians irrespective of their ability to pay; and

(c) calls on the Government to urgently address the dramatically declining rates of bulk billing for all Australians as its highest health priority.