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Thursday, 11 May 2000
Page: 16318


Ms MACKLIN (3:22 PM) —My question is addressed to the Minister for Health and Aged Care. Minister, I refer to your repeated attempts to deny responsibility for the MRI scan scam. Isn't it a fact that the Auditor-General made the following finding:

On the balance of probabilities, when the views of all participants are considered, whatever was said or done at the meeting of 6 May 1998 seems to have had some influence on the following surge in orders for machines ... between then and the six days to Budget night.

Minister, if it was not your actions at this meeting that caused this result, whose was it?


Dr WOOLDRIDGE (Minister for Health and Aged Care) —I think the argument is in a couple of paragraphs earlier, in paragraph 2.34, where the Auditor-General says:

... the meeting would have presented a strong indication to the wider community of the success of the negotiations and therefore the likely availability of MBS rebates, ...