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Wednesday, 19 October 1983
Page: 1894

Mr CARLTON —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House-

(1) notes with dismay the offer of 450 jobs with the Health Insurance Commission (Medibank) to current employees of the Department of Health ahead of the 5,000 employees of the voluntary health insurance funds soon to be thrown out of work with the introduction of Medicare;

(2) notes also that only 1,500 further positions will be available to offer to the displaced private fund employees;

(3) condemns the Minister for Health and the Government for their action in throwing at least 3,500 private fund employees into unemployment; and

(4) condemns the Minister for Health for breaking his solemn undertaking to do all in his power to give job preference in the Health Insurance Commission to the displaced employees of the private funds.