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Thursday, 27 May 2004
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Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Health and Ageing) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.

The SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.

Mr ABBOTT —I was asked today about the pneumococcal vaccination and I pointed out that any government move to vaccinate people against pneumococcal would be fully funded with new money. I also pointed out that the ALP was funding this by taking existing benefits away. I have a statement here from the Leader of the Opposition talking about Labor's pneumococcal program, and it says that this will be funded by redirecting funds from the Howard government's MedicarePlus deal. I table the statement.