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Wednesday, 14 September 1983
Page: 851

Mr HODGMAN(2.23 a.m.) —This is the most arrogant clause in the Health Legislation Amendment Bill because it provides for socialism by regulation. I completely support the remarks of the honourable member for Mackellar (Mr Carlton) that regulation 3 of the Health Insurance Commission regulations was a scandal. I submit that to socialise by regulation is indicative of the arrogance of the Government in proceeding to impose the Medicare scheme upon the people of Australia at a cost of $1.7 billion. The bank nationalisation legislation brought down the Chifley Government. This Medicare legislation will bring down the Hawke Government. Finally, Mr Deputy Chairman, I put it to you that this legislation is unconsititutional, as witnessed by the refusal of the Minister to tell the Parliament on what constitutional head of power under section 51 he bases this diabolical socialist scheme.

Clause agreed to.

Clauses 72 and 73-by leave-taken together, and agreed to.

Clause 74 (Constitution of Commission).