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Thursday, 24 June 2004
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Ms GILLARD (3:20 PM) —Mr Speaker, under standing order 64, I wish to make a personal explanation.


The SPEAKER —Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?


Ms GILLARD —Once again, I do, unfortunately.


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.


Ms GILLARD —In question time, the Minister for Health and Ageing repeated the same assertions he has made on every other sitting day this week—namely, that I support the creation of a national health reform commission which would be like the UK NHS and that I am seeking to abolish Medicare and the PBS. Each of these allegations is completely untrue. To be absolutely clear for the Minister for Health and Ageing, I support Medicare, the system that Labor created and the coalition fought against every step of the way.