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Thursday, 1 November 2012
Page: 8763


Senator XENOPHON (South Australia) (11:58): I seek leave to amend business of the Senate motion No.1 standing in my name and also the names of Senators Xenophon, Fierravanti-Wells, Di Natale and Madigan by omitting 'by 29 November 2012' and substituting 'on the first day of sitting 2013'.

Leave granted.

Senator XENOPHON: I, and also on behalf of Senator Fierravanti-Wells, Senator Di Natale and Senator Madigan, move the motion as amended:

That the following matters be referred to the Finance and Public Administration References Committee for inquiry and report on the first day of sitting 2013:

(a) the withdrawal of Medicare funding for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment of problem wounds and ulcers in non-diabetics (MBS Item number 13015), to commence on 1 November 2012;

(b) the Medical Services Advisory Committee process regarding this withdrawal, and other changes to the Medicare Benefits Schedule;

(c) the costs and/or benefits of this withdrawal in relation to associated treatments for these medical conditions; and

(d) any related matters.

Question agreed to.