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Thursday, 19 October 1995
Page: 2460


Mr TICKNER (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs) (9.36 a.m.) —I move:

  That the requested amendments be agreed to.

The provisions of the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Care Charges Bill essentially duplicate those provisions of the Health and Other Services (Compensation) Bill 1994 that relate to the recovery of Medicare or nursing home benefits. They are intended to have effect only to the extent that the parallel provisions in the main bill could be regarded as imposing a tax.

  Section 55 of the constitution requires that proposed laws imposing taxation should be in a separate bill. The Office of Parliamentary Counsel believe that this duplication is a necessary precaution. The government amendments to the bill mirror the amendments in the main bill.

  Question resolved in the affirmative.