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Wednesday, 9 October 1991
Page: 1531

Mr NEHL —-My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Finance. Can the Minister confirm that the Caucus Committee proposal on Medicare will leave a hole in the Budget of $111m in this year, rising to $302m in a full year? Will adoption of the Caucus Committee report destroy the Budget figuring? What action is the Minister going to take to protect the integrity of the Budget, given that the Deputy Prime Minister has now admitted there is little prospect of the Medicare measure being implemented as scheduled on 1 November?

Mr WILLIS —-It is the case, as it is well known, that there is some concern within the Government Caucus about the proposal for a co-payment of $3.50 in relation to GP services, as was announced in the Budget. That is a matter which is being considered within the Government's processes. When a conclusion to those processes is finalised, an announcement will be made.