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Wednesday, 13 May 1970


Dr KLUGMAN (Prospect) - Did I understand the Minister for Health (Dr Forbes) to say that his circulated amendment No. (6) was proposed because, if it were not to be included in the Bill, no provision would have been available to pay the consultants employed by these 2 committees? If so, does this not increase the cost of this legislation? Should not this amendment be ruled out of order in the same way as many of our amendments have been ruled out of order? Surely if this amendment, if carried, would increase the cost of the legislation, because we would pay some consultants, it should be ruled out of order as half of our amendments have been ruled out of order.


Dr Forbes - I am not responsible for ruling things out of order.


The CHAIRMAN - Order! In answer to the point raised by the honourable member for Prospect in regard to circulated amendment No. (6) being ruled out of order, I point out that section 137 (2.) of the National Health Act does provide:

Expenditure o£ a capital nature and expenditure in respect of administrative expenses (including the remuneration of members of committees established under this Act) incurred by or on behalf of the Commonwealth for the purposes of this Act shall be paid out of monies from time to time appropriated by the Parliament for the purpose.

That is a separate appropriation and is not affected by the appropriation that has been set aside already in relation to this BilL

Therefore, to that degree the amendment is in order.

Amendments agreed to.

Clause, as amended, agreed to.

Proposed new clause 19a.







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