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Tuesday, 23 May 1972
Page: 1940


Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice:

Has the Australian Government negotiated a loan of 45 million yen from Japan; if so, what is the reason for requiringthe loan and what are the terms and conditions?


Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The Acting Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Treasurer announced on 10th April 1972 that the Government intended to proceed with a public issue of yen-denominated bonds on the Tokyo market, subject to negotiation of acceptable terms and conditions and other arrangements for the issue. The borrowing is expected to be for an amount of 10 billion yen (about $A27m). The Treasurer's Press Statement, a copy of which has been forwarded to the honourable senator, explained that the proposed borrowing would serve Australia's national interests in such important ways as establishing for Australia a position in a new capital market which will constitute an alternative to existing markets and which seems destined to grow substantially in the years ahead, and making a major contribution to the development of closer financial links generally with Japan.


Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minis ter representing the Minister for Repatriation:

(1)   Does the Government ever recognise claims for repatriation benefits submitted by persons who served in any of the allied armed forces in World War II.

(2)   Do any nationals of countries allied with Australia during World War II receive Australian repatriation benefits.

(3)   Has the Government ever had discussions with the Government of countries allied with Australia during World War II in regard to the widening of the scope of the Repatriation Act.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN-The Minister for Repatriation has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   Yes, if those persons are resident in Australia or its Territories, were domiciled in Australia or its Territories immediately before enlistment in the forces of any part of the Queen's dominions, and served on active service outside that Dominion or in a theatre of war.

(2)   Repatriation legislation does not provide benefits for such persons, other than under the circumstances outlined in (I) above.

(3)   No. In this field it is generally recognised that each Government accepts responsibility for its own ex-service personnel, irrespective of where they choose to live after discharge.


Senator JESSOP asked the Minister for

Health, upon notice:

With reference to the proposal by the General Practitioners' Society recommending a substantial increase in doctors' charges, will the Minister (a) conduct a survey of 1,000 doctors concerned to obtain a quantitative expression of opinion on this matter, (b) take action to prevent doctors, who depart radically from the common fee schedule, from receiving the substantial Commonwealth Government contribution towards their income, and (c) give consideration to a regulation whereby those doctors, who charge in excess of 5 per cent above the common fee, can be prevented from participating in the National Health Scheme.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSON

The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(a)   to (c) It is not proposed to conduct the survey suggested by the honourable senator. The Government is concerned to ensure the effective operation of the Medical Benefits Scheme based on most common fees and has recently appointed Mr Justice Mason to determine, for the purposes of the Scheme, fair and reasonable fees for general practitioner surgery consultations and home visits in New South Wales. As has already been announced, if, after implementation of Mr Justice

Mason's findings, there is a failure by the medical profession to achieve a high level of observance of the most common fees, other measures will be considered.







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