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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8413

Senator FIERRAVANTI-WELLS (New South Wales) (20:34): While I am at it I might ask some other questions in relation to the $140 compensation for lifesaving equipment used at home. One hundred and ten thousand pensioners and concession card holders who use lifesaving equipment will get $140 extra a year each to help pay for the high cost of electricity. That divided by 52 is $2.70 per week. Does the calculation take into account how much it costs to operate a dialysis machine at home every week? Can you tell me what modelling was used to calculate that $140? Was it Treasury modelling? If not, what other modelling was it and which document does it appear in? I am also interested in people with other conditions that do not require special equipment but who may need extra heating and cooling because of an inability to control body temperature—for example, people with Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis. What is their position? How soon after the carbon tax is introduced will this subsidy be reviewed? Are the calculations that have been done—for example, on the issue of dialysis—on the basis of the number of people in hospitals today?