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Friday, 22 February 1985
Page: 44

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. This Petition of certain citizens respectfully showeth:

That the legislation and regulations associated with Medicare are repugnant to natural justice and humane medical practice, and more appropriate to a police state than to Australia;

That the said legislation and regulations are being administered so as to oppress and demoralise the medical profession, and without regard to the interests of the sick;

That altogether disproportionate penalties are being imposed, through administrative action, on medical practitioners for minor infringements of the Medicare rules; and

That, unless reforms are instituted, the quality of Australia's health care system will decline.

Your petitioners therefore pray that the Government legislate to make possible in Australia a health care system in which efficiency and innovation are not repressed, and humane medical practice is again possible without harassment.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray.

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