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17    My Health Record—Opt-out period

Senator Di Natale, also on behalf of Senator Watt, pursuant to notice of motion » not objected to as a formal « motion » , moved general business notice of « motion » no.  1167—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       members of the community have expressed significant concerns about the inadequate « privacy » and security provisions currently present in the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening « Privacy » ) Bill 2018,

                                    (ii)       senators will not have an opportunity to debate the bill until the week beginning 12 November 2018,

                                  (iii)       the opt-out period for the My Health Record is currently scheduled to end the same week, 15 November 2018, and

                                  (iv)       the Federal Government has extended the opt-out period once before, supposedly to allow passage of the bill;

               (b)       expresses disappointment that the Federal Government has chosen to not follow through on their commitment to the Australian people to strengthen the legislation which governs the My Health Record, meaning that any choices that the Australian people make about opting out will not be sufficiently informed; and

                (c)       calls on the Federal Government to extend or suspend the opt-out period until the legislation and any amendments are passed, outstanding « privacy » and security concerns are addressed, and public confidence in this important reform is restored.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific (Senator Ruston) and Senators Di Natale and Watt, by leave, made statements relating to the « motion » .

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 35

Senators—

Anning

Gallacher

McAllister

Singh

Bernardi

Georgiou

McCarthy

« Steele » - « John

Cameron

Griff

McKim

Sterle

Carr

Hanson

O’Neill

Storer

Chisholm

Hanson-Young

Patrick

Urquhart*

Collins

Hinch

Polley

Waters

Di Natale

Keneally

Pratt

Watt

Dodson

Ketter

Rice

Whish-Wilson

Faruqi

Leyonhjelm

Siewert

 

 

 

NOES, 22

Senators—

Abetz

Fawcett

McKenzie

Ruston

Bushby*

Fierravanti-Wells

Molan

Scullion

Canavan

Fifield

O’Sullivan

Smith, Dean

Cash

Gichuhi

Payne

Stoker

Colbeck

Hume

Reynolds

Williams

Duniam

McGrath

 

* Tellers

Question agreed to.