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Tuesday, 19 May 1970

Mr SPEAKER -Is leave granted? There being no objection, leave is granted.

Mr BUCHANAN - Mr Speaker,in the heat of the debate on the National Health Bill on 5th May I made a reference, which appears at page 1590 of Hansard, to Mr R. B. Scotton and Mr J. S. Deeble as 'a couple of researchers at a university who were filling in spare time and hoping to make a few bob on the side by preparing some sort of submission which presumably the Labor Party took up'. Those gentlemen have now informed me that their health insurance proposals were a serious, full time study for which their only remuneration was their salaries received from the university. I wish to withdraw the imputation of pecuniary motivation, which they assure me is completely untrue, and to apologise to those gentlemen for any slight they may feel they have suffered. I am sorry if I have underestimated the worth of those gentlemen. I would, however, like to add that my evaluation of the worth of their report and its relation to the realities of the situation in Australia remains unchanged.

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