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Thursday, 15 November 2018
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Senator POLLEY (Tasmania) (09:37): Chair, we welcome the fact that the government has followed Labor's lead on these amendments. When Labor initiated the Senate inquiry into the My Health Record, the health minister dismissed it as a stunt. But the inquiry demonstrated the need for these six amendments, and Labor proposed them more than a month ago. The government announced last week that it would back down and make these amendments to its own bill, but, as usual when it comes to My Health Record, the government has bungled these amendments. The government's proposed restrictions only apply to national system employees, a definition that excludes state public sector and local governments. And, despite the government saying that they would ban employers from requesting or requiring My Health Record information, these amendments don't actually do that. So we will be moving further changes to the government's amendments.

Can I clarify with the government that those amendments that you put with the memorandum of understanding relate to those six government amendments?