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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 776

Senator CAVANAGH (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I address a question to the Minister for Health. What were the assurances that the Senate was advised of on 7th May last year by the then Minister for Health, and given by the Australian Medical Association, that were to mean stability in the main general practitioner service fees for the next 2 years? Were the assurances faulty or was there a breach of agreement that now necessitates setting up arbitration to examine New South Wales doctors' fees before the expiration of the 2-year period that was covered by the assurances given?

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - Reference is made to something that happened before my period of responsibility as Minister for Health. In any event, I feel that some of the questions posed by Senator Cavanagh could impinge upon the fact that a judge has been appointed to look at the question of common fees. I do not think it would be appropriate for me in the short time that he is to deal with this matter - I expect that he will have dealt with it and report to the Government by the end of April-

Senator Cavanagh - It is not a judicial proceeding.

Senator Sir KENNETHANDERSONMr President, am I giving the answer or asking the question?

Senator Cavanagh - You are not giving me an answer. That is my case.


I have given the honourable senator all he is going to get.

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