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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8406

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South Wales) (20:06): I have some specific questions in relation to the impact on health services, Minister. Given the time constraints, I refer to Minister Combet's media release of 16 September. He refers to Treasury modelling showing that the average price impact on health services will be around 0.3 per cent. Is this taken into account in the government's Household Assistance Package? Also, that reference appears to be in the committee's interim report. Can you tell me where in the Treasury modelling documents this information relating to the 0.3 per cent appears? How was that figure calculated, and how much is it in dollar terms? Is that per household, doctors surgery or hospital clinic? Will there be any effect on the price of medicines manufactured in Australia? Those are two separate questions, one relating to the services and one relating to the medicines manufactured.

The TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ( Senator Marshall ): The question is that the amendment moved by Senator Birmingham and Senator Xenophon be agreed to. Those of that opinion say aye—