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Notice given 21 October 2003

2314  Senator Nettle: To ask the Minister representing the Prime Minister—With reference to the Prime Minister’s statement during his interview with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW on 25 September 2003, that ‘there should be adequate levels of bulk billing’:

(1) (a) What level of bulk billing does the Prime Minister consider to be adequate; and (b) how will the Government’s ‘Fairer Medicare’ package achieve this.

(2) Does the Prime Minister believe that bulk billing should not be universally available; if so, then which members of the Australian community should have access to bulk billed health services; if not, how does the Government propose to achieve this goal.