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Thursday, 30 August 1973
Page: 632

Mr SPEAKER -Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr STREET - Yes, I do. Repeated to this Parliament today was an earlier misrepresentation in ia newspaper of a statement of mine. I wrote to the editor of 'the newspaper concerned to correct that misrepresentation. The letter was published. I now wish to correct the misrepresentation of my statement which was given to the Parliament. The Minister for Social Security (Mr Hayden) in answering a question, I think from the honourable member for Casey (Mr Mathews), indicated that the Liberal Party's new health proposals included a participating doctors' scheme. This was the misrepresentation which appeared in the newspaper to which I have referred. If the Minister will refer to my statement - I know he has it because he showed considerable wisdom in asking me to send him a copy of it - he will find that what we propose is that the medical profession should enter into contractual arrangements with an organisation sponsored by themselves to observe a schedule of fees arrived at by a standing tribunal on which the Government, the doctors and consumers - I stress that - are represented. If the Minister will write another letter to his new-found friends in the medical profession he will find that this eminently sensible suggestion has wide support among the medical profession.

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