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FAIRER PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES BILL 2009E FAIRER PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES (MEDICARE LEVY SURCHARGE) BILL 2009E FAIRER PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INCENTIVES (MEDICARE LEVY SURCHARGE—FRINGE BENEFITS) BILL 2009

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the Minister for Defence (Senator Faulkner)—That these bills be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Senator Xenophon moved the following amendment:

 At the end of the motion, add "but the Senate:

  (a) notes that the measures in these bills pre-empt the findings of the Productivity Commission inquiry into the relative performance of the public and private hospital systems; and

  (b) resolves that further consideration of the bills be an order of the day for the first sitting day after the final report of the Productivity Commission on that matter is laid on the table".

Debate ensued.

Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and negatived.

Main question put.


The Senate divided—

AYES,25


Senators—
ArbibCrossinHutchinsPolley
BilykFarrellLudwigSherry
BishopFeeneyLundyStephens
Brown, CarolForshawMcEwen (Teller)Wortley
CameronFurnerMcLucas
CollinsHoggMoore
ConroyHurleyO'Brien

NOES, 37


Senators—
AbetzColbeckJoyceRyan
Adams (Teller)CormannLudlamScullion
BackEgglestonMacdonaldSiewert
BarnettFergusonMcGauranTroeth
BernardiFieldingMilneTrood
BirminghamFifieldMinchinWilliams
BoswellFisherNashXenophon
Brown, BobHanson-YoungParry
BushbyHeffernanPayne
CashJohnstonRonaldson

Question negatived.