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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21705

To the Honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament.

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:

We the undersigned object to the Federal Government's proposed changes to Medicare that will:

Deny bulk-billing for around 4.3 million people in NSW;

Increase the cost of basic health care for middle Australia;

Place further pressure on our public hospital system;

Medical treatment and the safeguarding of our children's health should be a right not an expense.

We therefore pray that the House reverses their decision and considers the Carr Government plan to save bulk billing and protect Medicare.

by Mr Laurie Ferguson (from 18 citizens)