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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8414


Senator WONG (South AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deregulation) (20:39): I think the suggestion that medical practices will simply turn their lights out really demonstrates the extent of the scare campaign the opposition want to be part of in this.

I am advised that to the extent there is any flow-on of carbon pricing to the cost of private medical practice, this will be captured through current Medicare indexation arrangements, which are linked to the CPI.

Question put:

That the amendment (Senator Birmingham's and Senator Xenophon's) be agreed to.

The committee divided. [20:45]

(The Chairman—Senator Parry)

Question negatived.