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Wednesday, 9 October 1991
Page: 1535

Mr REITH —-I ask the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services whether he will give the House a guarantee that, whatever changes are made to Medicare, they will be introduced effective from 1 November so as to preserve the bottom line of the Budget.

Mr HOWE —-The Government is in the process of considering the issues that arise out of the Budget announcement. It provides for a proper process of consultation. I think probably one of the differences between our parties really goes to that. We have a democratic process and, in terms of this Budget, when we are able to resume with the legislation we will do that.